Mattie Gunterman was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1872. She moved west to Seattle in her late teens, bringing her Bull’s Eye camera with her. She traveled throughout the Pacific Northwest with her husband and son, working as a camp cook, laundress, and photographer. She appeared in many of her photographs “by using a long piece of rubber tubing which was attached to her camera’s pneumatic shutter at one end with a rubber bulb at the other. Squeezing or stepping on the bulb released the shutter and made an exposure” (source).
The Hollow Tree in Vancouver’s Stanley Park has been a tourist attraction and the most photographed feature of the park for many years. It was severely damaged in wind storms in 2006. In 2015, the 800 year old Hollow Tree will enter a new phase of life when Douglas Coupland’s full-size gold replica is installed.