The Shell Collector
One of the things I love most about Natural History is when I can see things in a historic context. There are drawers and drawers of collections at the museum with shells still in their original vials and boxes. The patina of age, the imperfections in the glass and the corks... beautiful.
This photograph was taken by yours truly, courtesy of the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, Roger Williams Park, Providence, RI.