White Mountain Wilderness: A Photographic Journey to New Hampshire's Most Rugged Places

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From the early nineteenth century to the present day, visual artists have been attracted by the variety, majesty, and beauty of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. During that time, the landscape of the region has changed considerably, from the massive deforestation produced by logging in the late nineteenth century to the forest’s remarkable regrowth in recent decades.

Photographers Jerry and Marcy Monkman not only provide a full-color, visually stunning tour of the ...

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Overview

From the early nineteenth century to the present day, visual artists have been attracted by the variety, majesty, and beauty of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. During that time, the landscape of the region has changed considerably, from the massive deforestation produced by logging in the late nineteenth century to the forest’s remarkable regrowth in recent decades.

Photographers Jerry and Marcy Monkman not only provide a full-color, visually stunning tour of the contemporary White Mountains, from the fragile environments of the alpine zones to the few remaining stands of old-growth forest, but they also document the history of human activity and its impact on the forest. Nowhere is this impact more dramatically illustrated than in the book’s selection of historical photographs that are paired with views of the same landscapes as they appear today.

From rugged peaks to deep, lush valleys, from the tenacity of alpine flowers to the resilience of thriving second-growth forest, the White Mountains contain a wide variety of landscapes and ecozones within a surprisingly small area. Jerry and Marcy Monkman document this variety and its beauty in passionate words and striking photographs.

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In this stunning coffee table book, photographers Jerry and Marcy Monkman lead us on a words-and-pictures tour of New Hampshire's White Mountains. The book's 112 illustrations (including 100 color photographs) display the region's diversity and reveal the impact of human activity on natural ecosystems. White Mountain Wilderness also contains a text describing the area's history.
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“Many people argue that the White Mountains of New Hampshire provide New England’s most beautiful views. With towering granite mountains, deep ravines, rushing rivers and brooks, and relative wildness, they are a treasure—a treasure presented to you by two of our favorite photographers, Jerry and Marcy Monkman. The book—like the White Mountains themselves – is breathtaking.”—Michael Carlton, Yankee Magazine

"Jerry Monkman's text alone, even aside from any pictures, is a delightful summary of the White Mountains' past . . . When words fail, the camera takes over, and the combination of photographic skill and printing technology brings to the reader glimpses of sunset-tinted ledges, clouds drifting above alpine summits, close-ups of moss and mountain cranberries."—The Cabinet (Milford, NH)

"This is a book that anyone who is in love with the White Mountains, or simply wilderness anywhere, can enjoy."—Northern New Hampshire Magazine

“Every picture tells a story and the two simply refuse to paint a bleak picture on the future of New Hampshire's beloved mountains, preferring to see the glass half-full ... Instead, they opt for a draw-your-own-conclusions version, primarily through eye-catching, before-and-after photos taken decades apart in various locations.”—Foster's Online

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584654049
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 4/4/2005
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 595,431
  • Product dimensions: 12.00 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

JERRY and MARCY MONKMAN are professional outdoor photographers whose work has appeared in numerous books, calendars, and magazines, including Backpacker, Outdoor Photographer, National Geographic Adventure, Canoe & Kayak, Yankee, Country Journal, Men’s Journal, and Down East. They are the authors of The Colors of Fall (2003) and of three adventure guidebooks (to Acadia National Park, Southern New Hampshire, and the White Mountains). The couple has been cited by the Northern Forest Alliance for “vision and excellence in chronicling the story of the Northern Forest through photography.” They live in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with their daughter Acadia and son Quinn.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Exploring White Mountain History
The High Country
Pockets of Old Growth Forest
The Return of Wilderness
Recommended Reading
Photo Locations

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