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2021 marks the return of Brood X, the most concentrated seventeen-year periodical cicada found throughout the eastern United States. Cicadas have long been a fascination of scientists and naturalists and can be found throughout the Lloyd Library collection. In celebration of their emergence, here is a peek at their life cycle and a look back at more than 300 years of depictions of Brood X and those who studied them.
In 2020, the Lloyd Library participated in the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage by exhibiting the contributions of women to the advancement of the study of nature through scholarship and art. The earliest works from that exhibition are featured here.
Dr. Rama Kasturi's nature photography depicts the daily walks with her rescue dogs on the wooded trails of her neighborhood park. Her intimate relationship with Burnet Woods' natural world afforded her the space and time to heal from the traumas of her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, the death of her beloved walking companion Argos, and providing palliative care for her mother battling metastatic breast cancer.
This exhibition features rare illustrations of gardens and their bounty dating back to the 1600s; etchings of gardens, their design and those tending them; hand-colored lithographs; botanical illustrations; and 19th and early 20th century seed catalogs.
In 1705, Maria Sibylla Merian self-published Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium based on her explorations in Suriname in the late 1600s. Merian was among the earliest to illustrate the process of metamorphosis. She labeled the plants in her illustrations with Latin and Dutch names, but if a plant was unknown to her, she used indigenous terms.
Wild About Wildflowers combines modern and historic photography and plant specimens with botanical illustration to celebrate local native plants and the 100th anniversary of the Cincinnati Wild Flower Preservation Society. Explore some of the Lloyd botanical illustration also featured in the exhibition.
Evergreens are the plants that brighten the short days of a long winter and give us hope that spring will eventually arrive. From pines and yews, to rhododendrons and magnolias, explore the wealth of images from the Lloyd Library collection dating back to the early 1800s.