Saturday, 12 May 2018

Horsetail



My new hobby is nature-journalling, inspired by an online course I'm taking (free) and a book I bought this week (rather expensive). At present my kit contains only an HB pencil and an eraser, so the sketches are pretty bare-bones. But on the plus side, they only take a few minutes to complete.

Oliver Sacks offers three reasons to like horsetails: "their simplicity, their antiquity, and their mathematical elegance." It is said that the decreasing size of the segments inspired John Napier to invent logarithms.

Speaking of simplicity, the notebook pictured here – A6 recycled-paper from Muji – is an absolute joy to use.

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