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I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes - blue flowers are so rare in nature.  They feel so alien and unfamiliar, I couldn’t pass up drawing them - I kept thinking of James Gurney’s Dinotopia, and some of it’s field sketches - drawing something so fantastic and making it tangible at the same time.  (Bonus wasted bee!)  

More sketches and photos from Kauai’s  National Tropical Botanical Garden on my Instagram.

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May 4-10 is National Wildflower Week! What better way to celebrate with some images from one of our favorite local illustrators of wildflowers, Mary Vaux Walcott. Her remarkable illustrations of wildflowers, many of them illustrated from specimens that were found growing in nearby Rock Creek Park, were compiled into a series of books and published by the Smithsonian Institution: North American Wild Flowers (1925). These beauties from the first volume are but a mere sample of the rich illustrations throughout each volume, all of which you can find freely offered online at the Biodiversity Heritage Library.