Mary Hunter Austin

(1868-1934) Mary Hunter Austin was not a botanist, but a prolific writer, playwright and activist for the desert. Her masterpiece The Land of Little Rain was about the Eastern Sierra region and its desert plants and animals. It included photographs by Ansel Adams. She dedicated some of her life to Native American studies and to women's rights. Mary Austin and her husband were involved in defending Owens Valley from water development and her husband later moved to Death Valley.

Other notable works include: Cactus ThornLost Borders and The People of the The Desert.