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John Muir specimens revitalized

This is a slideshow featuring the remastered images of specimens taken by John Muir during his trips all over America and Canada in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Bonnie Gisel and Stephen Joseph worked with modern digital imaging (and Photoshop) to re-colorize the photos of Muir’s specimens to show the original colors, take out the tape marks, etc. Some of these are just incredible to see, for one thing to see the before and after images, and for another just to imagine what it was like for Muir to be out in the middle of nowhere picking odd wild flowers and plants that few had seen before. These are all available in the book Nature’s Beloved Son.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.