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The Western Horizonby Macduff Everton, Mary Heebner
Only a handful of photographers have succeeded in capturing the majestic landscapes of the American West. Now, Macduff Everton takes his place among them, with magnificent panoramic photographs that deserve to be viewed alongside those of Ansel Adams and Eliot Porter. Everton's lush, romantic pictureseach a cinematic tour-de-force of light and
Only a handful of photographers have succeeded in capturing the majestic landscapes of the American West. Now, Macduff Everton takes his place among them, with magnificent panoramic photographs that deserve to be viewed alongside those of Ansel Adams and Eliot Porter. Everton's lush, romantic pictureseach a cinematic tour-de-force of light and colorpresent breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Yosemite, Crater Lake, Mount St. Helens, the Missouri Breaks, Big Sur, the Painted Desert, and other fabled vistas of the American West.
With lyrical commentaries and sketches by artist and writer Mary Heebner, and an introduction on the Western landscape's importance to American history and lore by best-selling author Edmund Morris, this glorious book is Everton's masterpiece.
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This book deserves more than five stars for the unmatched color panoramas of the most picturesque horizons in the western United States. You could visit these sites for twenty years and not see actual scenes as luscious as these. Whether you know the West or think you would like to, I suggest that you start with this remarkable book. This is the West as you've never seen it . . . but could. The wonderful photography is nicely complemented by the essays that provide geological and historical perspectives on the scenes portrayed here. The photography is all done in 148 or 150 degree large format color panoramas. This perspective approximates what the human eyes can see, including peripheral vision. As a result, these images give you a remarkable sense of being present that is almost impossible to obtain in a book. The reproduction quality is amazingly good, and the lighting and tones vary wonderfully from one outstanding photograph to the next. Almost all are displayed over an entire wide panorama-sized page, and many extend over parts of two such pages. The feeling is so ethereal that it evokes the same sense of natural wonder that looking at paintings by the Hudson River School creates. There are in fact some parallels, as a few scenes include tiny people or animals in the foreground. The book is divided into sections showing the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado Plateau, the Cascade range, the Pacific Northwest, and California. Although I have traveled extensively in the West for over 40 years, more than half of these scenes were new to me. I can see that I have many wonderful trips ahead of me to visit these locales, now that I know how gorgeous they are. Here is a list of the sites: Sand Hills, Nebraska; Badlands National Park, South Dakota; Theodore Roosevelt National Park; Montana Prairie; Breaks of the Missouri; Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming; Waterton/Glacier International Peace Park, Montana; Lemhi Pass, Montana; Mores Creek, Idaho; Aspen, Colorado; Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Colorado; Grand Canyon, Arizona; Grand Staircase -- Escalante National Monument, Utah; Ghost Ranch, New Mexico; Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona; Monument Valley Tribal Park, Arizona/Utah; Wupatki National National Monument, Arizona; Mount St. Helens; Crater Lake, Oregon; Mount Shasta, California; Oregon Coast; Big Sur, California; Santa Catalina, California; Yosemite, California; Mono Lake, California; Joshua Tree National Park, California; and Death Valley, California. The text connects these boundless images to 'a West of unlimited horizons' and the work of Turner in developing his frontier theory of the role of the West in stimulating American imagination and initiative. Even today, the book argues that the 'unconstrained Western horizon' is important to our sense of taking on the new challenges of modern society. Everyone who sees these photographs will agree that it would be horrible if these sights were ever to be spoiled. We are fortunate that government policy began to preserve these lands beginning in the 19th century. With today's challenges of pollution and visitors, perhaps even more will have to be done. Reading and looking at this book is a spiritual journey, not unlike a peaceful meditation. If your spirit is troubled at all, I suggest this book as a balm that you can always use to ease your discomfort. Live with beauty! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution