i am in La Rochelle, France
and have learned not just the shiny big new word above but several other new ones.
the ISEND conference is certainly living up to expectation
people and things of all colours and accents abound
as i have unexpected internet access
i'll share some of them with you
they include views from the small apartment where we have established base camp
|i tell myself they look better than they taste|
|some familiar frocks|
|work in the ISEND exhibition by Marjory Salles|
|an exquisite darn on a brocante find...|
but these last two images are of something that made my lower mandibles hit the ground with a bit of a thump
a display in the poster section of the conference showing some very beautiful
dye samples from lichens.
it wasn't the beauty that made the jaw drop
that someone went out and harvested all these lichens
without identifying them first!
was not at all embarrassed by asking [on the poster] for anyone who could identify them
to fill in the names.
identify the plant.
if you know what you're looking at you will also be able to determine if it is [for example]
protected or poisonous
but to go harvesting lichens [some of which might only grow a millimetre per year]
without knowing what they are...
i would prefer to err on the side of caution.