Perhaps America's first naturalist, John James
Audubon (1785-1851) was an orinthologist, natural
historian, and painter of the first rank.
While born in Haiti of French parents, Audubon spent
much of his life in Montgomery County, outside of
Philadelphia. Me too (not the Haiti and French parents
I was probably ten (and maybe a bit too young for it)
when my parents first dragged my sister and me to the
Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary in Audubon, Pa.
435 life sized paintings of the birds of North America
is a lot of paintings. I appreciate them more now.
Enjoy the few below.