Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Old Book & Art

While in town today I had a few extra minutes so I stopped at our dinky shop where people in need can get a handout. The reason I go there, they have FREE books and you never know what you might find. I'm always on the search for ones that I can take apart and use in art. That is what I had in mind for this book but when I got home with it I did not have the heart to tear it up.
It was put out in 1959 by National Geographic. It is called America's Wonderlands, The scenic national parks and monuments of the United States.
This picture was taken out of the chapter on the Everglades. It was painted by National Geographic artist-
naturalist Walter A. Weber.
The caption at the top of the picture says, Snowy Egret
To put "a bird on Nellie's hat," shooters destroyed whole
rookeries, almost wiped out these dainty egrets by 1910.
Today they safely parade their courtship plumage in Everglades National Park.
I'm not sure how many have survived over the years as this was written in 1959. How can we be so cruel and mindless to almost wipe out such a beautiful creation?

1 comment:

Janet said...

What a score!! You could always scan the photos and use them that way.