Southern Appalachian Celebration: In Praise of Ancient Mountains, Old-Growth Forests, and Wilderness

Southern Appalachian Celebration: In Praise of Ancient Mountains, Old-Growth Forests, and Wilderness

by James Valentine
     
 

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With this stunning collection of images of the Southern Appalachians, James Valentine presents an enduring portrait of the region's unique natural character. His compelling photographs of ancient mountains, old-growth forests, rare plants, and powerful waterways reveal the Appalachians' rich scenic beauty, while Chris Bolgiano's interpretive text and captions tell the…  See more details below

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With this stunning collection of images of the Southern Appalachians, James Valentine presents an enduring portrait of the region's unique natural character. His compelling photographs of ancient mountains, old-growth forests, rare plants, and powerful waterways reveal the Appalachians' rich scenic beauty, while Chris Bolgiano's interpretive text and captions tell the story of its natural history.

Over four decades, Valentine has hiked hundreds of miles across mountainous parts of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia to photograph some of the last remnants of original forest. These scarce and scattered old-growth stands are the most biologically diverse temperate forests in the world. By sharing these remaining pristine wild places with us, Valentine and Bolgiano show that understanding these mountains and their extraordinary biodiversity is vital to maintaining the healthy environment that sustains all life.

Featuring an introduction by the late, longtime conservationist Robert Zahner and a foreword by William Meadows, president of The Wilderness Society, this visually entrancing and verbally engaging book celebrates the vibrant life of Southern Appalachian forests.

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This fine book is not only a collection of stunning photographs but also a natural history of a singular region. It will appeal to those who love Appalachia and appreciate fine nature photography as well as anyone interested in conservation and the environment." --Library Journal

Valentine has captured the beauty that can't be seen through a casual drive. His passion and respect for nature is evident in every photograph. . . . Each photo [is] a testament to the wonder of the region.--Louisville Courier-Journal

Library Journal
This large-format book features a broad selection of lovely nature photographs of southern Appalachia by Valentine (Florida Magnificent Wilderness: State Lands, Parks, and Natural Areas). Over four decades, Valentine hiked hundreds of miles of mountain trails in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. In vivid color images, he captures everything from the sweep of ancient mountain ranges to delicate wildflowers, from towering trees to misting waterfalls. A dedicated conservationist, Valentine touches in his preface on his personal reasons for compiling this book and explains his life's work. William Meadows (president, Wilderness Soc.) contributes a brief foreword about his Appalachian home and the biodiversity of the region, and the late Robert Zahner (forestry, emeritus, Clemson Univ.) provides an informative introduction about conservation. Bolgiano (Living in the Appalachian Forest) provides the rest of the book's text; each image includes a detailed caption. VERDICT This fine book is not only a collection of stunning photographs but also a natural history of a singular region. It will appeal to those who love Appalachia and appreciate fine nature photography as well as anyone interested in conservation and the environment.—Raymond Bial, First Light Photography, Urbana, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807835142
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
09/26/2011
Edition description:
1
Pages:
152
Sales rank:
599,434
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 14.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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No book of my experience has ever caught the natural beauty and richness of southern Appalachia with greater exactitude.--Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner

Southern Appalachian Celebration is a worthy testimony and loving ode to one of America's premier, iconic natural landscapes and ecosystems, and this photographic essay represents the life masterpiece of its creative artist, who so deeply cherishes these mountains.--Chuck Roe, Southeast Regional Program director, Land Trust Alliance, and founding director, North Carolina Natural Heritage Program and Conservation Trust for North Carolina

Meet the Author

James Valentine is a naturalist photographer, artist, and filmmaker whose work, including more than ten books, has helped to preserve millions of wild acres in the Southeast and throughout the Americas. He is president of the Quest Foundation.

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