The Burgess Shale

Field Photography

“A camera is a very delightful adjunct, for it is pleasant to have some tangible results to show, on your return home. A Kodak, if no larger instrument can be managed, yields most satisfactory results, although the better records from a larger-sized camera are an increased delight, when one has the patience and skill to obtain them. For changing plates in camp, an improvised tepee can be made of the blankets, and, if this is done after sundown, is quite satisfactory.”

Camping in the Canadian Rockies, Canadian Alpine Journal 1, no. 1 (1907), 67-71.

Mary Vaux photographing flowers in the Rocky Mountains, date unknown.
Mary Vaux photographing flowers in the Rocky Mountains, date unknown.
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Pasque flower or prairie crocus, photographed by Mary Vaux in the Canadian Rockies between 1894 and 1912.
Pasque flower or prairie crocus, photographed by Mary Vaux in the Canadian Rockies between 1894 and 1912.
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