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The Appalachian Mountains, the oldest mountain chain on the continent, began their formation during the Paleozoic Era over 900 million years ago. During the Precambrian Era, some three billion years ago, the Earth entered a time of geological instability which lead to the eventual creation of the Appalachian Mountain range. Over this period, violent forces shaped the Earth transforming the land-masses into one large super-continent called Pangaea.
Pangaea later split apart and continents slowly drifted away from each other. The continents shifted again and began to move back together. As this cycle continued for approximately 400 million years, older mountains were pushed farther west as newer mountains formed, thus creating the seemingly endless ridgelines we see today. The span 1,600 miles in length, as the crow flies, from the Gaspe' Peninsula of Canada to the coastal plain of Alabama, USA.
The excitement from photographing nature often leads me to adventures such as abandoning my white water kayak to the rocks of the Dead River in Maine or being chased by a black bear in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Maybe it was our trip to Spruce Knob, West Virginia, where I experienced the coldest night of my life in a frost and snow-covered winter wonderland, or our third try to finally find the Ice Caves in Maine, which are only accessible by watercraft, then having to paddle back upstream. It could be summiting a snow-covered mountain peak in Colorado, a road trip across the USA, snowshoeing in New Hampshire, a hot air balloon ride in New Mexico, skiing in Vermont, my 600 RR on any road, viewing a spectacular sunrise, or standing under a glacier-fed waterfall just to feel the cold water soak me instantly. Something about it all just brings me to life.
This book accumulates four years of photographing, putting over 50,000 miles on my vehicles, another 450 miles on my hiking boots, shooting hundreds of rolls of film, and many wonderful adventures that would surpass my wildest dreams.
Even after my spending time in the magnificent Rockies, Cascades, and deserts of the West, the Appalachians still have a special pull that continuously brings me back. Backpacking seven months on the 2,160 mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine was just a tease, as there are so many beautiful places in the Appalachians, that one could spend a lifetime and still not see it all. I am personally inviting you to share the wonder and beauty that constantly beckon my return to the Appalachian Mountains, in hopes that you too will discover and experience the moments captured in this portfolio, just as I did while photographing Seasons and Colors of the Appalachian Mountains.
Posted March 22, 2011
Posted December 27, 2008
I saw a write up in the Courier Post that Bill was going to be at Barnes and Noble in Marlton doing a booksigning so I thought I would check it out since I am into hiking and the outdoors. I have to tell you this guy's stories alone were amazing. He has travelled all over the world and the images in this book all tell a story themselves. At 9.95 the book was a bargain! I bought 3 of them for my friends and he signed each one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.