PLANT CORRIDORS

Plant Corridors, MS 106

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Introduction

Plants and animals find the path of least resistance in their quest for obtaining resources.  A plant seed may be carried by the wind or attach itself on a passing animal.  Our interstate highways have created a vast corridor system for plants to hitch rides and move easily through forest barriers that would have prevented their spread.

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Vehicles travel fast and far over roads, which in turn transports plants more rapidly and over greater distances than previously. Vehicles are the biggest carrier of seeds, along with the humans that inhabit them.

Purple loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria

Research and writing

Research and writing

Through word and paintings, this book discusses the environmental conditions of plant life along the northern Maine Interstate-95 corridor and includes knowledge provided by weed ecologists, botanists, and the Maine Department of Transportation.

 

Seed distribution

Seed distribution

The book measures 12 by 9 inches (h x w), has 7 signatures with 55 pages. Nancy wrote the text for Plant Corridors and painted and lettered the book  in watercolor and gouache on Arches text wove paper. The handmade papers used in this book are made from a plant of the cotton genus, Gossypium.

DSC00723The book contains an alphabetical listing of common roadside plants and their genus species.

DSC00761Joelle Webber of Mermaid Bindery (http://www.mermaidbindery.com) bound this book in a sewn collage of MacGregor handmade papers and Nancy’s paste decorated papers.

Thanks for reading this blog, Nancy

http://www.nancyleavitt.com                       bookdealer: http://www.juvelisbooks.com

Stillwater, Maine, late winter 2014

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2 Responses to PLANT CORRIDORS

  1. Jane Brenner says:

    Lovely! Hope LAR covers this soon.

  2. Sharon says:

    Nan! I love this and especially love the seeds on the page “How Plants Multiply.” We are getting buried in snow over here–you next!

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