Sunday, January 22, 2012
Help from a Professor
Good morning all,
I greatly enjoy this blog by one of my finest Yellowstone friends. She and her husband, Dale, live in Oregon. They spend much of their time in outdoor places, observing, photographing, sketching, noting, observing, learning and enjoying.
This morning (among other sights in rainy Oregon) she mentioned lichens.
“I make an effort to look up the lichens I photographed today. Here are descriptive words from just one page; Gametophytically … quadrate above … lanceolate-acuminate … tristichous … crisped leaves … pleurocarpous plants .. rhombic, papillose cells .. paraphyllia. Oh my gosh! I’ve got a long way to go if I’m going to sort out the local lichens.”
With great license, here are Joe's definitions of the biological descriptors she found....
... Gametophytically --- how your toddler niece becomes when you try to play patty-cake with her
…quadrate above -- the appearance of a young man with large "pecs" and shoulders
… lanceolate-acuminate -- a knight after a successful bout of gambling
… tristichous -- the appearance of a Christmas tree left out on the curb for 6 months
… crisped leaves --- like wok fried spinach
… pleurocarpous plants -- old weeds griping about respiratory pain
... rhombic -- blowing about rhythmically in the manner of a So. American dance
...papillose cells -- play pens for small orphans
.. paraphyllia -- the opposite of paraphobia, which is the fear of losing single socks at the laundromat.
Back to Elva’s blog:
“Oh my gosh! I’ve got a long way to go if I’m going to sort out the local lichens...
All I learned for sure tonight is that what I thought are British solders, really aren’t. That species grows much farther east and we’ve got something different here.”
Joe's response? i>( ? Turncoat Redcoats ? )
One last comment from me: I want you all to know the pondering frog is a sketch of me thinking about all these heavy duty words, not of Joe working on his definitions. Joe is much thinner than I am.
Thank you, Joe, for a good chuckle!