oak collection


Collected on this Day in 1925

Collected on June 16, 1925, this specimen was found near Potter County, Pennsylvania by H.W. Graham.  

Poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is a species with which you might be very familiar!  Poison ivy is a native woody vine found in wooded areas across the eastern United States. The species can take various forms and habits, growing as a vine along the ground, up a tree, or as a small shrub.  

Poison ivy is famous for a chemical it produces, urushiol, which upon contact can cause a severe skin rash in humans. The rash, which can last up to several weeks, can also lead to an infection due to intense scratching that breaks the skin. Serious health effects can stem from ingesting urushiol or can cause other allergic reactions in eyes and throat when inhaling smoke from burned plants.  If you come into contact with poison ivy, the best way to prevent an allergic reaction is washing with water and soap (or other detergent to wash off oils) as soon as possible. Some people are more sensitive to poison ivy than others or become more sensitive after repeated exposure.

Poison ivy is in the cashew plant family (Anacardiaceae), which includes several other species that produce skin irritants. In addition to poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac, the family also includes mangos and cashews.  Interestingly, the shell of the cashew nut contains chemicals that can cause similar allergic skin reactions as poison ivy.

You might have heard “Leaves of three, let it be,” but what does that mean exactly? How do you know if it is poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac?  Many plants might at first glance resemble poison ivy, but they can be easily distinguished.  Poison ivy is common in woods, forest edges, roadsides, and weedy areas throughout Pennsylvania and has aerial, hairy-looking rootlets on stems of vines. Poison sumac (Toxicodendron vernix) is also native to Pennsylvania, but it is less common and only found in swamps and other persistently wet habitats. Poison sumac (Toxicodendron vernix) has leaves made up of many more leaflets than poison ivy. Lastly, poison oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum) is sometimes confused with poison ivy, but it is unlikely you encountered this species in Pennsylvania—it is only native to the western United States.

Botanists at Carnegie Museum of Natural History share pieces of the herbarium’s historical hidden collection on the dates they were discovered or collected. Check back for more!


♥ it’s time to spread your podcast pallet ♥ 

I dearly hope the spring has been a pleasant time for you all. There are so many ways to enjoy it from days in the park with the family, getting a start on that garden, and a somewhat sneezy, somewhat breezy commute to work while listening to a new podcast.

Take a long trip by car or sea, remember your keys, and sit back in the theater for sci-fi shenigans because I have a new list of shows in store to keep us blooming through the rest of spring until the summer starts.

Looking for something fresh to please that sudden thirst for audio storytelling? Look no further as PodCake has six more podcasts you’ll certainly love.


An alternate reality game about a dispossessed spy sending distress calls to her former team. Help Holly survive homelessness and assassins by sending money or advice

Incoming transmission from OAKPODCAST, a new interactive medium created by the mad geniuses at Crossroad Stations. OAK is an excellent choice for listeners with a taste for personable and emotional tension all beautifully performed by lead Regan Adler.

If you’re enthralled by the drama of Rover Red, this show’s fondness for audience participation will be an instant fave for you. So study your morse code and listen closely. 

2. Lake Clarity

Five teens head up to Camp Clarity to celebrate their last summer together, but little do they know they’re about to stumble on dark secrets that surround the lake.

Get around the campfire and listen to Camp Clarity’s horror tale. On these grounds, there’s more to fear than mosquito bites as our leads Seth, Ally, Mike, Erin, and Brandon get wrapped up in the mystery of why their beloved camp shut down.

For those looking for a good old fashion summer story, Lake Clarity’s fondness for caves, concrete structures and chaotic forces of evil might be up your alley. So pack up and stay up late to follow them on their trail.

3. Big Data

What if someone stole the internet? This comedy caper takes 100% real concepts, like the seven keys to the internet, cyber police, relay calls, photocopier black boxes, 419 scams, and more, and turn it into an anthology of nerdy crime stories tied together by a global plan to end the internet. it’s a series of heists ranging from hijacking top secret military satellites, to stealing a dude’s pants.

Comic artist Ryan Estrada gives us Big Data, a crime-comedy spectacular dabbling into the absurdity of the internet. Based in part by real events and the inspiration of Estrada’s own imagination comes a fun and funny story for those looking for a good time and good case to keep you tuned in.

Be on the look out for multiple actors in the podcast scene known worldwide such as  Paul F. Tompkins, Felicia Day, Cecil Baldwin, and Lauren Shippen. Make a big deal about Big Data and get logged in today. 

4. The Theatre of Tomorrow  

A sentient ship stolen in the night! A private eye chases corruption on the moon! Hear an interview with a man from the afterlife! Anything you can imagine is on stage at The Theatre of Tomorrow!

The theatre is open and has plenty of stories to share for audio drama fans. In this collection of short stories covering sci-fi to mystery with just the right amount of laughs, the audience will be spoiled by excellent audio editing, acting, and a variety of formats and tales to unwind.

As far as recommendations go, Hadron Gospel Hour fans who love inspired and varied takes on multiple genres and homages to some of the best in the business will be quickly enamored. So take a seat and enjoy the show.

5. Neon Nights: The Arcane Files of Jack Tracer

Jack Tracer is a hard-boiled private eye out to solve the strange cases of Neon City, but under these bright lights, darkness looms.

Mystery with a supernatural twist! Be it the Man in Black or the House of Joy, this private eye has the wits and tools to crack any case and crack your boredom with story after story of suspense and drama.

Fans of The Penumbra who can’t get enough of Juno Steel’s adventures will easily fall in love with our caped caper catcher Jack Tracer. And if you’re just a fan of the noire aesthetic, Neon Nights has plenty of style to spare. 

6. Passage

150 years ago, the S.S. Cumberland disappeared in the Pacific Northwest. A lifeboat from the ship with four skeletons inside just mysteriously showed up in Marrow Passage. Reporter Daisy Bonham attempts to solve the mystery and find out what other secrets are lurking just below the surface.

It’s time to set sails with Passage, this cryptic tale into the deep secrets of the S.S. Cumberland and the reporter dedicated to cracking the case. With just the right amount of creepy with a touch of comedy, Throw’m In The Puget Productions has an interesting tale to spin.

If you like The Bridge and suddenly can’t get enough shows about seaside themed mysteries, but a touch more British, then Passage will eagerly let you aboard.

now, get to listening.

anonymous asked:

I like to think Professor Oak and Professor Sycamore have something in common- taking care of a child. In addition to Sycamore's unofficially adoptive relationship with Alain, I headcanon that Professor Oak has been Gary's legal guardian since Gary was three or four after his parents passed away in an accident. Since Oak was a parent already, I imagine Sycamore asking him for advice on raising a kid and being a professor at the same time during a professor's conference.

Oh, yeah! And don’t forget, Birch and Elm also have kids, although Oak would be in a more similar situation in that he’d be taking in a slightly older kid (as well as his own biological ones a generation earlier).

Also, Kukui eventually shows up with Satoshi in tow and is like, “So I seem to have adopted a kid!” (Satoshi just grins at Alain and is like, “I wanted my own professordad, so…”) and joins in on the Dad Collective XD (Oak can also give Satoshi-specific advice because he’s totally his grandpa.)

Pokemon Professor conferences just turn into a collection of dad jokes and questionable fashion. (Rowan sighs and accepts that he’s now Team Grandpa and Juniper shows everyone photos of the two dozen Purrloins she and Fennel have adopted.)


The Oak Acorn Wand

For sale!

I made this beautiful wand using locally collected oak wood that was hand carved, with the symbol for oak burned into it. This wand Is neatly finished with linseed oil measures 15 inches (39 cm).

Oak wood is the most powerful and sacred of the Druid trees. Oak symbolizes all solar Heroes , those who achieve great deeds. Oak is one of the longest lived trees, thus embodying great wisdom as well as strength. This magical wood is especially noted for enchanting the endurance of spells against time and counter spells. Especially suited to the magic of leadership, wise rule, personal sovereignty ,authority , sealing or opening doors, endurance, and the invocation of wisdom, fertility, and abundance.


Curator’s Monday 144

Simon Schubert (b.1976, Germany) - Reigen. Synthetic hair, plaster, Polyurthane foam, acrylic, fabric, metal, wood, leather (2009)

Simon Schubert is an artist based in Cologne, Germany. From 1997 to 2004 he trained at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in the sculpture class of Irmin Kamp. Inspired by Surrealism as well as by Samuel Beckett, Schubert’s works imagine architectural settings, common situations and objects, whereas the materials he uses are either simple or sophisticated - white paper folded or mixed media arrangements. Some of his paper foldings entered the West Collection, Oaks, PA, while the Saatchi Collection, London, owns sculptural works in mixed media. In 2008, Schubert received the ZVAB Phönix Art Award for new-comers.

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