In Memory of Harriet Bullitt

Harriet Bullitt’s beloved Icicle Creek

Last weekend Seattle lost an icon: Harriet Bullitt, philanthropist and conservationist. She was 97.

Gorgeous to the end, Harriet exemplified the art of living life to its fullest. She had a remarkable spirit for adventure, took an interest in everything, and was possessed of a quiet kindness and supportive enthusiasm.

A grateful young photographer was on the receiving end of a bit of that patronage: she founded Pacific Northwest magazine (now Seattle magazine), which published my photo stories on local natural history and the art of nature photography. Her foundation also helped make my International Conservation Photography Awards a reality. An avid traveler, Harriet and her family traveled with me on a trip to Africa, as well as Cuba where we had to skirt US customs. She was never one to shy away from excitement and I count myself beyond fortunate to have known her!

Click here to read more about this amazing woman and a life incredibly well-lived.

One Response to “In Memory of Harriet Bullitt”

  1. Linnaea says:

    Fascinating life history. Even when I was taking chemistry in community college 1994, our professor, a female chemist from India, warned of the difficulties for females working in the profession. I guess some professions are slower to change than others. I find her family roots as loggers, real estate and news media tycoons turned conservatory fascinating and somewhat ironic. It almost seems like an oxymoron to me, but I don’t know why, because on a smaller scale, among my own immediate family and relatives in our small community here at the foot of Mount Adams, I have witnessed similar changes and ideals to varying degrees.

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