Along the Edge of Daylight: Photographic Travels from Nebraska and the Great Plains

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These unique and remarkable photographs of the Great Plains, taken by Georg Joutras over the span of two decades, show the breathtaking grandeur of prairie and sky, the sometimes nuanced, other times brilliant colors of earth and evening light, the titanic scale of clouds and sun and horizon, and the intimate postures of its wild creatures. Joutras's Great Plains are photographed from the heart, with reverence and wonder at the miraculously preserved ancient environment through which he pilgrimages. His ...
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Overview

These unique and remarkable photographs of the Great Plains, taken by Georg Joutras over the span of two decades, show the breathtaking grandeur of prairie and sky, the sometimes nuanced, other times brilliant colors of earth and evening light, the titanic scale of clouds and sun and horizon, and the intimate postures of its wild creatures. Joutras's Great Plains are photographed from the heart, with reverence and wonder at the miraculously preserved ancient environment through which he pilgrimages. His powerful images conduct an unmediated sensuous immersion in nature, evoking the feel of the wind, the smell of earth, the sounds of sandhill cranes, the wary, watchful eyes of predators or prey, and an aura of simultaneous wildness and repose. These photographs, executed with boldness yet conceived and understood in humility, are glimpses of a transcendent world of light, color, and suspended time that we are privileged to witness. These magnificent images—including both landscapes and wildlife portraits—are accompanied by a searching examination of all that it means to photograph the plains and its creatures. Beyond the physical challenges, the distances trekked, and the opportunities lost, what emerges is the joy in sharing the wildness and the vastness, the antiquity and the innocence, the fragility and the vitality of this unique land bounded by earth, sky, and light.
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Editorial Reviews

The Bloomsbury Review
"[A] colorful celebration of the Great Plains with a nostalgic streak."—The Bloomsbury Review
Forecast
“Breathtaking photographs of the Great Plains show the grandeur of prairie and sky, the sometimes subtle, sometimes brilliant colors of earth in the evening light, the enormous scale of the clouds and sun and horizon, and the wild creatures that live in this remarkable environment.”—Forecast
Denver Post
“A stirring look at seas of dried grasses and grand bluffs, and at the wildlife that populates the prairie.”—Denver Post
Library Journal
The culmination of two decades of photographing the landscapes, back roads, and wildlife of the American West, Joutras's coffee-table book records a world that is vanishing before us. Its 117 photographs range from vivid, detailed, and color-saturated impressions of nature, such as the forgotten hills and valleys of the Great Plains, to intimate and elusive glimpses of the creatures that inhabit the prairie. Although every image in this book is of high caliber, Joutras shows unusual skill in capturing the personalities of wildlife and how animals interact with others of their species, such as sandhill cranes performing their "river dance" or fox cubs playing. Joutras discusses his growth as a photographer and some of the challenges of trying to capture fleeting images in constant change. Recommended for all public and academic libraries.-Karen MacMurray, Cape Coral P.L., FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803226036
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Series: Great Plains Photography Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Georg Joutras is a professional wildlife and landscape photographer whose studio is located in the Historic Haymarket District in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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