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Atkinson's last photograph

Atkinson died while collecting fungi in Washington state on November 14, 1918. He was doing field work toward a multivolume work on the mushrooms of North America.

After his effects were returned, the last film in his field camera was developed, yielding this melancholy photo of Mount Rainier.








1.Fitzpatrick, H.M. 1919. George Francis Atkinson. Science, N.S. 49 (1268): 371-372.
Photo: G.F. Atkinson, Nov. 1918.




"Shortly before he died, in his last delirium, he attempted to dictate to his nurse some notes concerning his fungi. Thus death found him engrossed to the very end in the science which he had so long served and which he loved so well."1