Okay, I’m back from holiday travels and I am going to throw together one or two more short posts for 2023. Today, a bonus post from the Mexico series showing a hand-illustrated book of cactus and succulents (plantas carnosas). This was one of L’s books that he had while growing up in Chihuahua.
One of the pictures from the preface has some pretty fabulous prickly pear cactus wallpaper behind the specimen plant on the shelf.
I like that the book shows children being involved, though I wish they didn’t look so serious.
A selection of illustrations. Excuse the shadows – I was taking these on a kitchen table.
All of the pots are simple, weathered terra cotta, allowing the reader to focus on the plants. The illustrations are really well done.
A couple more.
I would have loved to have this book as a kid.