|Pat at Cerro Punta in Puerto Rico.|
|An Anolis at Guajataca.|
|One of Pat's organisms: Lantana exarata.|
I finish pressing the plants I collected that day, and watch Matt working on his specimen preparation. The bulk of my work can be done on-site, involving only a press, some tools, and a notebook in the way of gear; Matt must do all of his processing at camp. It is 10 pm, and he has bags of lizards, crates of equipment and supplies, and hours of work still to do. I ask if he wants help, expecting him to politely decline. To my surprise, he takes me up on my offer, and gives me a ten minute crash course in the somewhat grisly art of animal specimen preparation. We finish up at around 1 am, and go to bed steeped in the sharp odor of formalin. A few hours later, we groggily pack up and part ways – me to continue collecting in the Dominican Republic, and Matt to stay a few more days in Puerto Rico before returning to Seattle.