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Wild and Scenic Pennsylvania
     

Wild and Scenic Pennsylvania

by 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

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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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Library Journal - Library Journal
When is a coffee-table book not a coffee-table book? When the subject, despite hundreds of glorious full-color photographs, is the physiography of a pair of states here, Illinois and Pennsylvania. Physiography, the study of land forms in relation to one another, is a subject with applications for earth scientists, geographers, people who live on the land, and, in this instance, photographers. These handsome books, just oversized at 12" x 12", highlight the talents of two leading landscape photographers, with scenes that range from pristine waterways to bucolic farmlands. Clay and Mulligan spent eight and four years, respectively, photographing natural sanctuaries to cover every physiographic section in Illinois and Pennsylvania, and their efforts provide a nice, natural progression through each state. The text by Hutchinson (formerly an earth scientist at New York's American Museum of Natural History and editor of the "Wild & Scenic" series) offers the reader an introduction to the subject of physiography and a detailed analysis of its features, including a province map and chart for each state and a brief political history as it relates to physiography. Unfortunately, much of the text is clunky, and some of Hutchinson's claims are dubious (e.g., that Pennsylvania has the most varied scenery of all the states has he ever been to California?). Nevertheless, this is a logical purchase for large regional and academic libraries. Janet Ross, formerly with Sparks Branch Lib., NV Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563139437
Publisher:
BrownTrout Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Series:
Wild and Scenic Ser.
Pages:
156
Product dimensions:
12.40(w) x 12.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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