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Discovering Louisiana

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Discovering Louisiana is a beautiful paean to the state's diverse natural habitats, from the hills and piney woods in the north to the thousands of miles of shoreline in the south. As the book's 150 color photographs reveal, Louisiana is much more than the swamps and marshes with which it is most often associated.

C. C. Lockwood, one of the nation's outstanding nature and wildlife photographers and the premier chronicler of the natural wonders of Louisiana and the Gulf region, ...

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Overview

Discovering Louisiana is a beautiful paean to the state's diverse natural habitats, from the hills and piney woods in the north to the thousands of miles of shoreline in the south. As the book's 150 color photographs reveal, Louisiana is much more than the swamps and marshes with which it is most often associated.

C. C. Lockwood, one of the nation's outstanding nature and wildlife photographers and the premier chronicler of the natural wonders of Louisiana and the Gulf region, captures splendid views -- both panoramic and intimate: the jagged bluffs of the Tunica Hills in West Feliciana Parish; cascading waterfalls and winding creeks in the Kisatchie National Forest in central Louisiana; and unobstructed autumnal vistas from the summit of Bates Mountain, near Shreveport. Lockwood travels along many of the state's scenic rivers and lakes, photographing the mist-shrouded Bogue Chitto River at dawn; the steep, sandy banks of Saline Bayou, which is bordered by towering hardwood trees; and the vast, blue expanse of Lake Pontchartrain, the state's largest lake. He returns to his beloved Atchafalaya, the swamp area that is home to a teeming abundance of wildlife, including raccoons, nutria, alligators, snakes, turtles, egrets, herons, owls, and eagles. He travels to the state's prairies, bogs, and cheniers, which, though small in size, nonetheless are very important for the state's wildlife community. Finally, he visits the coast, where he photographs an amazing array of birds on the barrier islands.

Lockwood augments his breathtaking photographs with an engaging first-person narrative account of his adventures. He describes the idyllic pleasures of a hundred-mile, five-day canoe trip down the Bogue Chitto and West Pearl rivers, the anticipation of climbing the state's highest peak, Driskill Mountain, and the dangers of trying to navigate five-foot swells in Terrebonne Bay. Throughout the book, Lockwood skillfully conveys the magic that he finds in all of Louisiana and the concern he feels for the state's fragile ecosystem.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The state boasts 49 scenic rivers and six champion trees, including the nation's largest bald cypress (53 feet in circumference). Though its highest point, Driskill Mountain, is only 535 feet above sea level, Louisiana has plenty of rugged terrain. As Lockwood, author-photographer of The Gulf Coast, explores the natural history of Louisiana, he finds treasures galore in its varied landforms, colorful vegetation and diverse wildlife. His account of journeys by canoe and on foot is amplified by dramatic photographs of sparkling creeks and muddy bayous, sandy bluffs and vast shorelines, forested hills in the north and wildlife at the oil rigs. In the marshes, deer have wider hooves than elsewhere, the better to move in soggy soils. Both the coast and diversified forests are in jeopardy due to erosion and monoculture tree farming. Lockwood gives the reader a grand tour of Louisiana's wild places. (September 30)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807113356
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1986
  • Pages: 150
  • Sales rank: 482,190
  • Product dimensions: 9.34 (w) x 12.27 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

C. C. Lockwood -- wildlife photographer, naturalist, and lecturer -- has published many books of photographs, including Around the Bend: A Mississippi River Adventure; Beneath the Rim: A Photographic Journey Through the Grand Canyon; and The Yucat√°n Peninsula. His work has appeared in over one hundred books and magazines, including National Geographic, and in 1978 he received the Sierra Club's Ansel Adams Award for conservation photography. He lives in Baton Rouge.

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