One of the many specimens I looked at.
Mertensia drummondii collected in Wollaston Peninsula (previously, Wollaston Land) on August 11, 1915. Some of the traits I was measuring included: corolla width, corolla length, length of stamen, length of stigma, and difference between stigma and anther.
This is Mertensia longiflora collected in Grant County, Oregon on June 3, 1953. I didn't measure anything for this specimen, but I like how its collector (Dr. Arthur Cronquist) spread individual flowers around the main plant.
Food and drinks are not allowed in the collection room, so I didn't eat my lunch until after 4 PM. I ate my lunch in the cafeteria with an Amargasaurus cazaui skeleton in the room. So cool!
And when I was heading out to catch the bus back to Ottawa, it was snowing again, just after most snow had melted this past weekend. I think/hope it will melt by tomorrow though.