Wednesday, November 16, 2011

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Mary Vaux Walcott

While the men who wandered the Rockies spent their time investigating the fauna, a few women took over the study of the flora. One of those women was Mary Vaux Walcott, who published a book on wildflowers that became known as the "Audubon of Botany." Vaux has a peak named after her in Jasper National Park, an honor that explorer Mary Schaffer, her friend, bestowed upon her. Mary Vaux's husband, Charles D. Walcott, was a geologist and Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Mary Vaux accompanied him on his expeditions, making sketches along the way of flowers, works that she colored in with watercolors when she returned home. While she also gained expertise in glaciers and recognition for her photography, her most lasting legacy is her collection of paintings of the trees and flowers she cataloged. Below, a visual bouquet of those flowers for today's (almost) Wordless Wednesday.

Mary Vaux Walcott

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