Re: [aroid-l] Universal measuring device
- Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Universal measuring device
- From: "Julius Boos" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Mon, 10 May 2004 22:45:44 +0000
From: "G. D. M." <email@example.com>
Subject: [aroid-l] Universal measuring device
Date: Sun, 9 May 2004 20:43:47 -1000
I have always used whatever can be recognised and is available when needed
to give 'scale' to a picture in the field. Recently while visiting
Trinidad we were photographing the blooms of a large Xanthosoma cf. undipes
in the field, I believe we used either a pen or a folding pocket knife to
give a sense of 'scale' to these blooms. For a larger object like an
entire plant, we might have laid a shovel or a machette alongside the plant.
Where in the middle of the acific are you located??? Any Cyrtosperma
merkusii nearby??? I want to correspond with someone who has
sampled/eaten the corms!!
I have been racking my brain for a few months trying to come up with a
proposal for us all. Those of us that are new to Aroids, or have not been
able to see many species, would be greatly assisted by the inclusion in the
pictures of the specimens a universally recognized "thing" that we could
all find to determine the size of the specimen or flower. Something that
is common in all lands, more or less. I thought of the Euro, but have
never seen one nor am I likely to do so. And I doubt that the average
enthusiast in Asia, Africa, Europe, etc. has ever seen an American quarter.
A solid object is easier to carry, and less subject to damage than a metric
plastic, wood, or metal measuring device, and is less subject to damage.
This may be a futile gesture, but I think that the collective international
minds reading and contributing to this forum might be able to determine a
universally available object that would work.
An example (extreme) the picture of Alocasia robusta 'Sarawak' that is at
would not be as dramatic without the man standing below it. And a pocket
sized object would be lost in the picture. But most plants could have it
worked in for scale.
Thank you for listening. Respectfully, Gary in the middle of the
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