Last Stand: America's Virgin Lands

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Last Stand takes readers from the tallgrass prairies of Kansas to the Arctic tundra of Alaska to the deserts of the Southwest and bears passionate witness to our last wildernesses, reminding us why they must be preserved.

Dedicated conservationist and acclaimed novelist Barbara Kingsolver teams with National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths Belt to capture the essence of America's endangered virgin lands. In her moving introduction and int he essays opening each chapter, ...

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Overview

Last Stand takes readers from the tallgrass prairies of Kansas to the Arctic tundra of Alaska to the deserts of the Southwest and bears passionate witness to our last wildernesses, reminding us why they must be preserved.

Dedicated conservationist and acclaimed novelist Barbara Kingsolver teams with National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths Belt to capture the essence of America's endangered virgin lands. In her moving introduction and int he essays opening each chapter, Kingsolver deftly explores the ways of the wilderness, the threats against it, and what it needs to survive. Griffiths Belt's accompanying hand-tinted infrared photographs breathtakingly evoke the spirit and beauty of these diverse bioregions.

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This unusual coffetable book brings together the work of a noted photographer and bestselling novelist to create one of the most beautiful and well-written on the subject of wilderness. National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths Belt's exquisitely composed photographs are further enhanced by her technique -- shooting in infrared and then hand-tinting the images. This lends a dreamlike sensibility to the scenes, which range from intimate closeups of a bear paw to sweeping vistas. Acclaimed novelist Barbara Kingsolver describes with a poetic urgency her love of nature, which began with childhood forays into the wilds behind her house. America is home to some of the most beautiful wild areas in the world, whether coastal, forested, or mountainous. Reading Last Stand: America's Virgin Lands is a wonderful way to celebrate them.
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In this coffee-table nature book, two ardent conservationists make an impassioned plea for the preservation of American wilderness, from sparkling seashores to pristine deserts. In her moving introduction, bestselling author Kingsolver laments the loss of untouched spaces. Like most ecologically minded people, she is an optimistic pessimist, predicting more of the same destruction but begging us to "find in ourselves the grace to do otherwise." Unfortunately, Belt's photographs-meant to bolster Kingsolver's words-can fall into greeting-card cliche. Her technique of using black-and-white infrared negative film for half the images and hand-coloring the prints results in blurred, pale pictures that share a pastel sameness. The more conventional photos are stunning, though, and Belt makes up for her experiment by capturing the essence of America the way we imagine it used to be. Kingsolver provides introductions to each of the sections devoted to broad biomes such as plains, wetlands and forests. With literary and photographic nods to the giants of conservation-Aldo Leopold, Henry David Thoreau, Edward Abbey and others-the book offers quiet evidence that there is still something better than a world where "children's adventures and glimpses of fox dwell only in books." (100 photographs) (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792269090
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/8/2002
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,424,324
  • Product dimensions: 12.00 (w) x 10.27 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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