Wild and Scenic Pennsylvaniaby Robert Hutchinson, Steve Mulligan
Pennsylvania has, acre for acre, the most varied scenery of all the states in the Union. Even though it accounts for scarcely one percent of the total area of the lower forty-eight states, the Keystone State includes within its borders portions almost a third of all the landform provinces in the nation. Anybody who doubts the significance of this measure of the abundance and diversity of Pennsylvania's natural features has only to leaf through this portfolio of two hundred full-color photographs by master landscape photographer Steve Mulligan to be convinced of the open hand with which nature has endowed this state.
Mulligan spent four years seeking out just the right places and subjects to portray natural Pennsylvania in all its diversity. Like a Mason or Dixon freed from the compulsion of the straight line, Mulligan has tirelessly trekked uphill and down dale, feeling with his feet and probing with his eye the rock-ribbed, forest-clad lineaments of "Penn's Woods". Seeking out the most subtle and most spectacular photographic subjects in each of Pennsylvania's varied landscapes, Mulligan has assembled for Wild & Scenic Pennsylvania images from every section of every physical province in the state.
Steve Mulligan's photographs are systematically grouped into the twenty-three sections of Pennsylvania's seven landscape provinces, whose picturesque charms are explained by reference to their violent origins in a lively and informative text by naturalist Robert Hutchinson. In the photographer's introduction, Mulligan touches on the artistic and emotional springs that have sustained him on his long and revelatory trip through Wild & Scenic Pennsylvania.
About the Author: Steve Mulligan is one of our nation's leading landscape photographers. He was selected "Master Landscape Photographer" of the year 2000 by Outdoor Photographer, and his work has been featured in Kodak's Professional Photographers Showcase at the EPCOT Center. Each year for the past decade, Mulligan has been sole photographer of BrownTrout's Wild & Scenic Pennsylvania calendar.
Robert Hutchinson is the author of a dozen books on natural history and editor of BrownTrout Publishers' Wild & Scenic book series. He was formerly a research scientist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
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