Well hello. It’s been quiet here for a while, hasn’t it? Things are thawing now and I’m really looking forward to a new mushroom season. I’m sure you are too.
In the meantime, did you know that we have a really big archive of cool old photographs here? This is one I have blown up and hanging on the wall of my lab. It was taken in 1937 by our then department photographer, W.R. Fisher. We’ve been fortunate to have several generations of expert photographers associated with my Cornell department–explore our photographic heritage here. We’ve already talked about the puffballs here, and I can tell you nothing about the lad (I’m a mycologist!).
Part of my job is to direct the Cornell Plant Pathology Herbarium. In addition to a few hundred thousand specimens of fungi and sick plants, we have about 60,000 photos in our archives, going back to the 1880s. Many of them are interesting or odd. I’ll be posting some here, but feel free to explore on your own.