National Geographic : 1996 Nov
OUTSIDE, along the traffic-choked boulevard of Crom well Road, all the clatter of London beats against the stone walls of the Natural History Museum. But none of the noise seeps into this large, airy room in the museum's botany library, where I am hot on the heels of Sir Joseph Banks, botanist extraordinaire and world traveler, whose enthusiasm for scientific exploration set the tone for all who came later. I have been tracking him across half the world by now, finding traces of his legacy at Bot any Bay in Australia, on the headlands of New Zealand, at Point Venus in Tahiti, and, among other places here in London, at the Linnean Society and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. My guide in the museum is Malcolm Beasley. Like most archivists T. H. WATKINS wrote "Hawk High Over Four Corners" for the September issue. CARY WOLINSKY'S photographs have illustrated many GEOGRAPHIC articles, including "Wildflowers of Western Australia" (January 1995). St tickled," says Matthew Smales, who like Banks grew up in Lincolnshirefree of squeamishness about wriggling creatures. Young Banks rubbed his face with toads to prove theirharm lessness. The adult Banks beheld granderanimals (opposite), plants, and intriguingsights, shown as vignettes in this article.