The Santa Monica Mountains: Range on the Edge

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The Santa Monica Mountains is the only range that transverses a major metropolitan city in North America, slicing Los Angeles and defining it, shaping its hills and its valleys, its canyons and its ocean front. The Santa Monicas is undeniably a range on the edge of the world, welcoming the Pacific into its rocky ridges, almost daring the ocean waves to break at its foothills.

The mountains are dotted with mountain lions, bobcats and mule deer, rock singers, movie stars and ...

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Overview

The Santa Monica Mountains is the only range that transverses a major metropolitan city in North America, slicing Los Angeles and defining it, shaping its hills and its valleys, its canyons and its ocean front. The Santa Monicas is undeniably a range on the edge of the world, welcoming the Pacific into its rocky ridges, almost daring the ocean waves to break at its foothills.

The mountains are dotted with mountain lions, bobcats and mule deer, rock singers, movie stars and writers, lilies, oaks and steelhead trout, bikers, hikers and grizzled peaks that seem to kiss the sky. Along the course of its forty-six-mile span, the range encompasses Dodger Stadium, Griffith Park, Laurel and Coldwater canyons, Hollywood, the Hollywood Sign, Beverly Hills, the Getty Museum, Pacific Palisades and Malibu, to name only a few points of iconic interest.

And these are mountains that have gone uncelebrated, until now in The Santa Monica Mountains: Range on the Edge, a compelling history and commentary by award winning writer Matthew Jaffe, punctuated with 140 breathtaking images captured by renowned landscape-art photographer Tom Gamache. This is the definitive biography lovers of the Santa Monica Mountains have been waiting for, the story of a magnificent range on the edge of America's edgiest city.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883318512
  • Publisher: Angel City Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 954,760
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Jaffe, award-winning writer with Sunset Magazine in Los Angeles, has written about the culture and environment of Southern California and the Southwest for more than twenty years. In 1997, he was one of three national finalists for the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award from the James Beard Foundation for his article on Southern California's citrus tradition. He has received national awards for environmental coverage of Mexico's Sea of Cortez and the Alaskan temperate rainforest. He also wrote Oaxaca: The Spirit of Mexico, a book of travel and photo essays published in 2002.

Tom Gamache is an internationally recognized landscape-art photographer who has lived in the Santa Monica Mountains for more than thirty years. He has also worked in more than one hundred other national parks throughout the country. His "Lone Oak" at Rancho Sierra Vista Satwiwa, which was selected by the National Parks as a poster, has since become an iconic symbol of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. His work has been published by National Geographic, Sierra Club Books and Calendars and the Los Angeles Times, among many others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2007

    Three Journeys of One Mountain Range

    Author Matthew Jaffe and Photographer Tom Gamache have created a Valentine for Angelenos in this beautifully created and produced homage to the Santa Monica mountain range. And while the audience for this book is obviously for those who live in and around the title range in the basin of Los Angeles, the book is so well written and presented that it deserves wide circulation. Jaffe and Gamache approach the Santa Monica Mountains from three vantages: Mulholland Drive where perilous houses and more than a few mysteries cling to the canyons created by the mountains Backbone Trail uncovers the natural flow of nature as it is graced by waterfalls and wildlife and Pacific Coast Highway where the mountains kiss the Pacific Ocean in a love affair that is dotted with mansions and clashes with nature's raw arguments of storms. Throughout the book Jaffe's dialogue is informative and full of history as well as nearing poetry in his descriptions so well illustrated by the abundant fine photographs by Gamache. The range is captured is every form of foliage and light and some of the images here will remain embedded in the brain as rare glimpses of natural beauty that are too often overlooked by both Los Angeles outsiders and insiders. THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS is a romantic delight - an aspect of Los Angeles too seldom applauded. Grady Harp

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