|Helen Lukens Gaut, California coast ca. 1911|
The road seemed a little narrower then, but the immense nature and beauty of the Central California coastline have stayed the same.
|Not the exact spot, but... the California coast 2011|
It is wonderful to know, that there is such steadiness in nature and that there were people before me fascinated with this beautiful part of the land. Such loveliness.
Helen Lukens Gaut (1872-1955) was born in Illinois, she moved with her parents to Pasadena when she was eight years old. Her father, Theodore Parker Lukens, a friend of John Muir, became known as the "Father of Forestry". He served twice as mayor of Pasadena in 1890 and 1894.
|Helen Lukens Gaut ca. 1900|
She married, had two children and later divorced. She remarried in 1905 and with her second husband James H. Gaut discovered California per automobile and taught herself photography. Her talent eventually led her to becoming a rather well-known photojournalist. She rarely published after 1922 and turned her interests towards her love of music and song writing, in which she as well excelled.
It fascinates me, to discover a woman from so long ago I had not known at all. To find her not so far removed in interests and lifestyle and now to re-tell a sliver of her life...
These are magical moments of connection.
Image via site and my own.