Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Tree Identification

Vladimir Nabokov, Speak Memory: An Autobiography Revisited (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1966), p. 304:
I would like to have the ability Professor Jack, of Harvard and the Arnold Arboretum, told his students he had of identifying twigs with his eyes shut, merely from the sound of their swish through the air ("Hornbeam, honeysuckle, Lombardy poplar. Ah—a folded Transcript").
This was John George Jack (1861–1949).

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