I think of a naturalist's notebook
A notebook that i carry in my mobile observatory (anywhere, everywhere)
"....small agencies and their accumulated effects...." is a phrase that Darwin used introducing his book on earthworms (his last). This phrase guides my observations and my efforts
How lovely to find a few pages of vellum in here
pages that have no lines, pages that are a light no-color
a page that lists plants of the riparian ecosystems of the Midwest-- Latin names quicken my heart
a page that lists the names the 12 major soil orders in the USDA soil taxonomy system (alfisols, entisols, mollisols, etc.)
another page would list the international standard taxonomic soil classifications of The World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB).
a flexible cover
Color? rich blues, ochres, cayenne, indigo and pumpkin, like a Persian rug (no pastels)
and at least one pocket to catch loose papers and samples, on the inside of the covers and/or in the middle
Creating a sturdy but flexible cover was an interesting challenge.
The normally used book board has been replaced
by a plastic-coated paper stock,
wrapped in a rich purple book cloth
that has been sanded after wrapping
to give it the feel of suede.
A pocket was also constructed from this flexible paper stock,
wrapped in a durable, canvas-like book cloth
and attached to the back cover.
The end pages are designed to mimic a decorative text
but also the tables and charts in the back of a composition book.
A quick reference guide of the WRB soil classifications
and a list of endangered plants native to coastal Lake Michigan.
Additionally, each signature of the journal is headed
with one of the twelve USDA soil orders.
Thank you for inspiring us, Claire,
we hope you enjoy!