Alaska

Alaska

by Suzan Nightingale
     
 

Alaska, called the Last Frontier for good reason, is a very special part of the United States. Physically seperated from the lower 48 states, its northern latitudes, pastel light, Native Americans, lack of roads, and miles of wilderness give it a unique and magical quality. The landscape is dominated by mountain ranges, tundra plains, rain forests, glaciers, and an

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Alaska, called the Last Frontier for good reason, is a very special part of the United States. Physically seperated from the lower 48 states, its northern latitudes, pastel light, Native Americans, lack of roads, and miles of wilderness give it a unique and magical quality. The landscape is dominated by mountain ranges, tundra plains, rain forests, glaciers, and an abundance of wildlife - from moose, caribou, and grizzly bears to eagles and snowy owls. Alaska is a land of superlatives.

Professional photographer Fred Hirschmann, a long-time resident of Alaska, has captured the essence of this grand state through his cameras' lenses. See Denali, the highest mountain in North America; Anchorage, Alaska's largest city with a population of more than 260 thousand; Mendenhall Glacier; totem poles and ice fishing; dog sledding and subsistence whaling.

Author Suzan Nightingale's intimate look at Alaska gives a close-up view of life in the 49th state. Through the eyes of Natives, long-time residents, and newcomers - people who live in the cities, on Alaska's Southeast Coast, in isolated villages, along the waterways, in the Aleutian Islands - Nightingale's writing shows the diversity of lifestyles, landscapes, and peoples that make up Alaska.

A sensitive combination of Hirschmann's powerful images and Nightingale's evocative words portray our largest and most unique state in a way never seen before. This is "Alaska."

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Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
It's time right now to start thinking seriously about whether this will be the year you actually take that cruise to Alaska you've been talking about for so long. The Inside Passage? Glacier Bay? All the way up to Anchorage? Maybe add on a trip to Denali and Fairbanks?

Here's a book of fine photos to whet your appetite.

Alaska by photographer Fred Hirschmann has proved to be a popular title, and a third printing was recently issued. Hirschmann lives in Alaska's Matanuska Valley. He has done three previous photo-essay books on the state, among other titles, and for this book he hiked, paddled, kayaked, and flew all over Alaska's widely varied landscape.

A few photos are routine — a caribou, a totem pole, a ptarmigan in a tree, a lone man fly-fishing in a river — pictures that might have been taken anywhere. But the great majority of the 166 color photos in this oversize book, many of them filling a full page, are unmistakably and beautifully Alaska.

Hirschmann likes the random patterns of nature (I do, too), and he's caught the polished rocks in a dry riverbed; crimson fireweed and dark green ferns scattered together in the same field; the autumn yellows and reds of thimbleberry and highbush cranberry contrasted with the green of a hemlock forest; the tangled lichens and mosses that turn a forest into a dreamscape; green arctic lupine growing amid red alpine bearberry; bear prints in the mud; and an assortment of other striking fractal patterns.

But he has also caught the big drama of the Alaskan landscape. Here are the snows ofDenalireflected in a lake, the rugged Wrangell Mountains (spreading across two pages) in our largest national park (13.2 million acres), the icy and barren beauty of Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau, the deep blue color of an iceberg from the Bering Glacier, plus lakes, rivers, shores, and more.

There's also the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts and a lonely Russian Orthodox church outlined against a forbidding sky. There are bald eagles on the wing, sculptures in snow and ice (both natural and man-made), and the Northern Lights illuminating the sky. And a great aerial view of a cruise ship — perhaps the one you'll be on — pushing through floating ice.

The book also includes a lengthy essay called "North to the Future" by Suzan Nightingale, who teaches writing at the University of Alaska and writes for the Anchorage Daily News. Alaska, she says, "is in the details," and you'll find many of them in Fred Hirschmann's Alaska.

—Barnesandnoble.com

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558681606
Publisher:
Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/28/1994
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
9.92(w) x 13.56(h) x 0.52(d)

Meet the Author

Hirschmann has worked 20 years as a professional outdoor and natural history photographer.

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