BLANCHE TRASK:
California Wild Nature Lover
from 1894 to 1916

American Bald Eagle ==

American Bald Eagle
kleptoparasitizes fish
from the
American Osprey
on beautiful
Pimu-Catalina Island

The picture also shows Eagle Rock as a barely visible rocky pinnacle at the lower right-center portion of the photograph.
Photograph is taken from the west looking at west end of Pimu-Catalina Island, a piece of the Eight Channel Islands

by
Robert Roy van de Hoek
December 21, 2000
Winter Solstice
Malibu, California




Blanche Trask deserves to be recognized by readers and visitors to Pimu-Catalina Island and "all eight islands." An understanding of her writing and the era in which it occurred can guide us to the breadth of knowledge that is needed to understand the urgency for restoration and recovery of the "eight islands," at a much faster pace than is currently being done. Blanche Trask also deserves to be recognized for the pure joy and sadness in her exploration of islands that give us an education, knowledge, and curiosity to know about natural landscapes from the perspective of WILD NATURE.

It is my hope that the web pages educate us about the inter-relationships of "all eight islands" to mainland southern California (mainland is "OVERTOWN" as Catalina's Avalonians will tell you). I think that Blanche Trask tried to teach us about the "eight islands" and wild nature, and she was an "Islander" of 100 years ago.

Biography & Chronology of a Naturalist: Blanche Trask
Youth on the Treeless Prairie & Plain. 1865-1885
Jepson Comes to Catalina in 1908 where Blanche Trask is His Guide
Funeral of Blanche Trask by Willis Jepson, Field Notebook, November 11, 1916.


ALL ELEVEN POEMS BY BLANCHE TRASK: 1896 to 1908
1. THE WIND AND THE HOLLY TREE. 1896
2. MASKING. 1896
3. LONGING. 1896
4. THE DEAD PAST. 1896
5. A SONG. 1898
6. THE COMING OF THE SILENCE (After the Summer Tide). 1899
7. CATALINA FOG. 1904
8. THE PINES. 1904
9. HOW CAN IT BE?. 1904
10. THE DREAM OF THE PINE. 1905
11. MOONLIGHT AT CATALINA. 1908


ALL SEVEN NATURAL HISTORY ESSAYS BY BLANCHE TRASK: 1897 to 1905
1. THE HEART OF SANTA CATALINA in Land of Sunshine. 1897
2. SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND in Erythea. 1897
3. FIELD NOTES FROM SANTA CATALINA ISLAND in Erythea. 1899
4. DYING SAN NICOLAS in Land of Sunshine. 1900
5. FLORA OF SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND in Southern California Academy of Sciences Bulletin. 1904
6. FOSSIL PEAK, SANTA CATALINA in Southern California Academy of Sciences Bulletin.1904
7. ON SAN JACINTO TRAILS in Southern California Academy of Sciences Bulletin. 1905


ALL EIGHT LA TIMES ARTICLES BY BLANCHE TRASK: 1906
1. A Visit to an American King and His Possessions by Blanche Trask: LA TIMES January 21, 1906
2. The Great Depression by Blanche Trask: LA TIMES May 13, 1906
8. Our Island Fauna (goats): LA TIMES December 2, 1906


ALL KNOWN LETTER CORRESPONDENCE: 1897 to 1913
1. Blanche Trask Letter to Charles Lummis, LA TIMES editor. September 1, 1899
2. Blanche Trask Letter to Charles Lummis, LA TIMES editor. January 9, 1900
3. Blanche Trask Letter to Charles Lummis, LA TIMES editor. March 13, 1904

5. Charles Lummis Letter (1904) to Blanche Trask.
6. Charles Lummis Letter (1905) to Blanche Trask.
7. Blanche Trask Letter to Charles Sargent, Harvard University Forester. July 28, 1898
8. Charles Sargent Letter 1 to Blanche Trask. 1911
9. Charles Sargent Letter 2 to Blanche Trask. 1911
10. Charles Sargent Letter 3 to Blanche Trask. 1911
11. Blanche Trask Letter to Alice Eastwood, California Academy of Sciences. 1897
12. Blanche Trask Letter to Katherine Brandegee, Botanist. June 17, 1908
13. Blanche Trask "Kelp Fields-Nereocystis" Letter to Willis Jepson. April 9, 1904
14. Blanche Trask "Ischia-Chautauqua" Letter to Willis Jepson. July 31, 1908
15. Blanche Trask "Death Valley Winter" Letter to Willis Jepson. December 29, 1909
16. Blanche Trask "Luxury of Ecstacy" Letter to Willis Jepson. Sunday the 5th, 1912
17. Blanche Trask "Tucson & Acorns to Germinate" Letter to Willis Jepson. December 27, 1910
18. Blanche Trask "Malvas-Seeing Them Daily" Letter to Willis Jepson. January 24, 1911
19. Blanche Trask 'Phantom Fair' Letter to Willis Jepson. September 7, 1912
20. Blanche Trask "Yosemite & Grand Canyon" Letter to Willis Jepson. May 2, 1913
21. Blanche Trask "Call of the Wild & Mesa Verde" Letter to Willis Jepson. June 21, 1913


ALL KNOWN ACKNOWLEDGMENTS IN PUBLICATIONS: 1897 to 1999
1. Alice Eastwood, Curator of Botany, California Academy of Sciences. 1898
2. Charles Sargent, Forestry Professor, Harvard University. 1902
3. Charles Lummis, Publisher of LAND OF SUNSHINE. 1904 & 1905
4. Willis Jepson, Professor-Botanist, University of California. 1910 & 1937
5. Steve Junak, Botanist-Curator, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. 1993
6. Peter Raven, Director, Missouri Botanical Garden. 1963
7. Robert Thorne, Botanist, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. 1967
8. Charis Bratt, Lichenologist, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. 1993
9. Allan Schoenherr, Professor at Fullerton College. 1999
10. T.D.A. Cockerell, Professor-Zoologist, University of Colorado. 1938 & 1939
11. Thomas Howell. Botanist-Curator, California Academy of Sciences. 1932
12. Charles Millspaugh, Chicago Field Museum of Natural History. 1923
13. Robert Foreman, US Navy Botanist. 1966
14. Charles Hillinger, LA TIMES Journalist. 1988
15. Ernest Windle, Publisher & Editor for Catalina Islander. 1916
16. Herman Hasse, Lichenologist & Botanist. 1903
17. Ella Cantelow & Herbert Cantelow, Botanical Historians. 1957
18. Adelaide Doran, Historian & Writer. 1980
19. Charles Holder. Writer & Sportsman. 1908
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