We love traveling in our RV exploring new places across the United States. After a break last summer due to the pandemic, we decided to fire up the old RV again this year and head out west to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, both located in Wyoming, USA. I enjoyed both parks immensely, but there was a certain je ne sais quoi about Grand Teton. Both the beauty and diversity captivated me — lush forests ripe with rippling brooks and large lakes perfect for swimming or boating amongst the breathtaking mountain range. The absence of foothills at the base of the range created a magnificent site.
Abundant wildflowers lined hiking trails and spotted hillsides; we frequently found ourselves discussing the flowers and taking close note of each cluster we passed. I even came across some beautiful postcards with wildflower sketches on it, perfect for adding to my travel journal. Watch me set up my travel journal and flip-through the final pages here.
This vibrant pink musk thistle was a clear family favorite, with its spiky petals mimicking the sharp edges of Grand Teton behind it. I was so inspired by it, I decided to seek out a vintage floral image for this week’s Free Vintage Friday. I was lucky enough to come across one by one of my favorite American artists and naturalists, Mary Vaux Walcott, known specifically for her wildflower watercolors.
Walcott spent many years exploring the rugged terrain of the Canadian Rockies painting hundreds of flowering species. Interestingly enough, she became the first women to accomplish the 10,000+ feet ascent of Mount Stephen. In 1887, on her first transcontinental trip via rail, she wrote an engaging travel journal of the family’s four-month trek through the American West and the Canadian Rockies. Clearly, she is a kindred spirit.
This image measures approximately 7 x 9.75″ so it can be used as a background image or scaled down as a journaling card or fussy-cut image. To download the high resolution image, simply click the button below and right-click to save.
Till next time,
2 thoughts on “Musk Thistle Floral — Free Vintage Friday”
Thank you for the free thistle digi. Thistles are one of my favorites, I wish they weren’t considered a weed. Loved your travel video from your vacation. Your journal is how I want to use one of mine, as soon as I make it. Thanks again – you’re very inspirational. So glad you do your videos. I’ve learned a lot.
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Thank you for the kind words, Erika. You are so kind! I too am quite fond of thistle. It makes you wonder just who is determining weeds from common flowers? 😊