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Seeing the Overlooked: Botanical Illustrator Focuses on What We Miss

by Shawn Berit in More Stories

Macro-beauty is easy to see: Hiking a trail through Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, you can easily take in the sweeping vistas and epic landscapes. Yet it’s easy to miss the micro-beauty: The Nootka rose and nodding onions escape notice. Natural and invasive plants line the hiking trails and hillsides, but they’re rarely fully seen.

Not everyone overlooks the native flora, though. Botanical illustrator Deborah Montgomerie sees what others often miss. She goes beyond just looking at the world to really focus on the intricate details, down to the smallest seed. Through the use of graphite, ink, and watercolor paints, the plants of Whidbey come to life on her paper.