At the post office yesterday I bought a sheet of commemorative stamps titled "Wonders of America - Land of Superlatives". One of the stamps is of the Largest Plant, the Quaking Aspen. How is this possible? Lots of trees are bigger than the Aspen. It has been bugging me. So I just looked it up by doing a web search and I came up with this website. They say that "While it might look like a forest of aspens, they all share the same root system, so it is actually one plant! The largest such plant lives in Fish Lake National Forest, weighs an estimated 6,600 tons, and is the largest living organisms known to man." Wow! I didn't know that.
I love buying commemorative stamps. Alexandra Stoddard in her book Gift of a Letter says that stamps are a poor man's art collection. She talks about how much fun it is to go through her stamps and pick the right ones for a letter she is writing. It is true. I think about the person I am sending the card or letter to and I pick one I know they will enjoy. It is a very simple pleasure. I love the idea and have quite a collection of wonderful stamps.