Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Selected Mid-Michigan Leaves (A Digital Archive)

Over the past few weeks I have been collecting leaves to press and dry.  Once the leaves were dry, I laminated them on pieces of 8.5x11 card stock.  Then I scanned one leaf of each type to create a digital copy of the leaf.  Now, when I want to create new sets of leaves for students to use for identification or classification, all I have to do is hit "print".


  1. I think the way you have pressed and displayed these makes them look like works of art, they remind me a bit of Henri Matisse's pieces actually.

    1. Thanks, I can see how you would say that. I know a lot of Matisse's paper cutouts were botanical in nature. When I laminated the leaves, they came out of the laminating machine in a long roll, three leaves wide. It really did look like a piece of art, especially when there were nine of the same species in a bunch (3 x 3). We toyed briefly with the idea of hanging some of them on the wall temporarily, but I needed them all for student to work with.