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Flat-Lays of Halved Walnuts and Different Shells Research the Range of the Botanical Fruits — Colossal



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A flay lay of halved hickories

Carya hickory sections. All photos © Jonas Frei, shared with permission

Throughout a go to to the Zürich arboretum, Jonas Frei got here throughout a nut species hardly ever present in Europe. The Juglans cinerea, or white walnut, is native to the U.S. and Canada and has a ribbed, rectangular shell that when cracked, reveals a candy, fleshy innard. Its presence within the Swiss enclave dates again to 1887, when the botanist Carl Joseph Schröter planted a tree that ultimately produced the non-native fruits and sparked Frei’s enduring curiosity within the plant genus.

Based mostly in Schaffhausen, Frei is a naturalist, illustrator, and panorama architect whose curiosity in botany has taken him to gardens, arboretums, and parks all through Europe and North America. He lately hung out in Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum after being awarded the James R. Jewett Prize, which allowed him to develop his analysis on the walnut and discover the way it’s migrated over centuries. A lot of his work is targeted on making science simply digestible and visually intriguing to a basic viewers. “Analysis itself actually is my aim,” he tells Colossal. “I wish to perceive the topic and make the data accessible via my writing and the aesthetical presentation of the range of species and cultivars.”

Shared via illustrations and flat-lay images, Frei’s research have lately culminated in a ebook dedicated to walnuts and hickories, which brings collectively the cultural, historic, and botanical significance of those numerous vegetation. “I used to be pushed not solely by my scientific curiosity in Juglandaceae but additionally by my enthusiasm for the aesthetics of their habits, leaves, and fruits. The readers of my ebook ought to be capable of make their very own journey of discovery via the walnut household, on the tracks I’ve uncovered with my analysis,” he says.

The expanded version of Frei’s ebook, which incorporates updates from his research at Arnold Arboretum, is offered together with posters, prints, and the same quantity centered on hazelnuts on his website. Observe his newest analysis on Instagram.


A flat lay of a halved walnut

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A flat lay of halved walnuts

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A flat lay of halved walnut shells


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A flat lay of halved walnut shells


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#Jonas Frei


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