Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour LXXXVI

Happy 226th Birthday, John James Audubon!

He is famous, of course, for producing things like this:


This is a plate of zenaida macroura from his celebrated The Birds of America -- an original "double-elephant folio" of which is said to be worth upwards of $10 million.  My alma mater, Bowdoin College, has one on permanent display.  Every few weeks, they slip on some white gloves, pull it out of its protective case, and turn a page.

[Source:  Wikipedia and Bowdoin Daily Sun.]