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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Valentine and Bolgiano show readers some of the remaining pristine wild places in the Southern Appalachians, emphasizing that understanding these mountains and their extraordinary biodiversity is vital to maintaining the healthy environment that sustains all life. This visually entrancing and verbally engaging book celebrates the vibrant life of Southern

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Valentine and Bolgiano show readers some of the remaining pristine wild places in the Southern Appalachians, emphasizing that understanding these mountains and their extraordinary biodiversity is vital to maintaining the healthy environment that sustains all life. This visually entrancing and verbally engaging book celebrates the vibrant life of Southern Appalachian forests. 10 x 14, features 136 color illustrations.

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Celebrates the best of the region in all four seasons. . . .This coffee table book presents not only scores of stunning images from the camera of naturalist and artist James Valentine, but also the fine writing of Chris Bolgiano.--Blue Ridge Country

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

Valentine has captured the many wonders of this region in large-format photos of great color, detail, and beauty.--The Bloomsbury Review

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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807869390
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
09/26/2011
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
152
File size:
27 MB
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This book is a paean to the Southern Appalachians, remarkable for its multi-hued depiction of a heartbreakingly beautiful and biologically rich part of our country, whose unique values are at risk from a host of human-caused pressures. . . . It took more than a decade and countless sojourns in the backcountry with a camera, from valley floor to mountaintop, to capture this collection of eloquent photographs. They open a new window on the Southern Appalachian region. . . . Chris Bolgiano's text is the book's grace note, both sparkling and spare.--William Meadows, from the foreword

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