Miniature Mysteries

I’m looking forward to reading “The Signature of All Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert.  The intellectual 19th century heroine, Alma Whittaker, carefully studies the life of mosses, giving her insight into evolution, and the modern world.

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I found a present-day Alma looking closely at the carnivorous plant display at the Woodland Park Zoo, with its spidery Drosera binata, the delightfully menacing Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula), and the unusual red bloom on the Pinguicula laueana.  I wonder what she will go on to discover.

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