It is indeed a fascinating read about the life and times of Ellis Rowan - an intrepid woman adventurer and wildflower painter 1848-1922. During her lifetime she painted over 3000 works, not only wildflowers across Australia but also New Zealand, New Guinea and America, and included 45 of the 52 known species of New Guinea's birds of paradise.
Today Ellis's work is largely forgotten. The Australian National Library in Canberra has the largest collection of her works - 970 paintings, mainly watercolours.
The book, The Flower Hunter, was recommended to me by my friend who is a "florist" extraordinaire. Actually to say "florist" is not enough to describe the beautiful floral art she does, exhibits and teaches. Flowers are her life!
Any of you that have been following my blog will know that I am a bit of a flower hunter too. I love wandering through the bush with my camera looking for wildflowers.
I was thrilled last year when "Wildflower Country" got in touch with me about using some of my wildflower images in their new edition of their free tourist guide - "Exploring Western Australia's Wildflower Country". I was even more thrilled when my images appeared on the front and back covers as well as inside the magazine. Below is the front cover.
Tourism Western Australia at Explore WA's wildflowers - says - There are more than 12,000 species of wildflowers in WA, making it the world’s largest collection. It’s a staggering sight to behold, especially when you consider 60% of Western Australian wildflowers are found nowhere else on Earth. What’s more, you can enjoy their glorious carpets of colour and curious blooms for six months of the year, as the season begins in June in the north, and sweeps down the State to finish with a flurry on the south coast in November.
I feel so incredibly lucky to live in Western Australia with all these wildflowers.
Today in celebration of Ellis Rowan, my friend "the florist", and my own wildflower hunting, I through I would bring to you some of the amazing wildflowers of Western Australia.
There is always something flowering somewhere in the Australian bush.
And wildflowers in our little patch of bush near our home in suburbia.
You can read something about the Rowan Collection at the Australian National Library by clicking here - Australian National Library
And if you "Google" Ellis Rowan under "images" in your search engine you can see some of her amazing work.
You can pick up a copy of Exploring Western Australia's Wildflower Country in Visitor Information Centres in WA's midwest region.
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