Ooryong-too (Dagelet Is.)
Alternate Title: Group of men sitting among trees
Photograph by Ernest Henry Wilson, 1876-1930, American, English
Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) was the furthest traveled of all the Arnold Arboretum’s plant explorers and collectors of the early twentieth century. It is not an overstatement to credit Wilson with bringing eastern Asian botany, history, and culture to widespread interest in western society, nor to exaggerate the introduction of thousands of Asian plant species to western gardens.
This photograph was taken during Wilson’s 1917-1919 Expedition to Eastern Asia. From a scientific point of view, this is considered Wilson’s most important expedition. During this trip, he successfully collected a selection of azaleas in the small town of Kurume on the southern Island of Kyushu. The “Kurume azaleas” had been originally developed by Motozo Sakamoto, a Japanese nurseryman. Wilson’s collection of these azaleas came to be known as “The Wilson Fifty.” This image is from an early stage of Wilson’s journey to Dagelet [Ulleungdo] Island, June 1917. In December 1918, Wilson returned to Boston.
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