|Will Beebe with Jocelyn Crane; below, with Bathysphere|
Windows on Nature
The dinosaurs, the birds: the great blue whale:
|Hornaday and endangered buffalo|
|RCA with pet vulture in Mongolia|
|RCA with Model 99!|
|Suydam Cutting and Arthur Vernay with Lama|
It was really a meritocracy, though, and you didn't have to be rich, a New Yorker, or even an American to belong. My old teacher Francois Vieullumier, a Belgian, is now an ornithologist emeritus at the AMNH, and I have a book that shows two prominent European ornithologist as associates (I found it -- can't remember buying it ever-- IN MY LIBRARY... don't ask!)
It didn't matter that I was a young teen- aged kid from Massachusetts when I first saw it (I had already been reading the books), or that my friend Kirk Hogan was from Wisconsin; we found the books, and ways to get there, all manner of "Theres". Last week Kirk, who among other things is a geneticist, an anesthesiologist, a lawyer, an elk hunter, a woodcocker, a gourmand, and a fly fisherman, took some French friends there on a pilgrimage. Here are some of the things he saw.
Hmm- images seem full. Continued in next post!