Desert: The Mojave and Death Valley

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9780810932388: Desert: The Mojave and Death Valley

The Mojave Desert occupies over 35,000 square miles. Within its boundaries thrive at least 100 species of rare plants and creatures. This photographic book captures its extraordinary blossoming desert plants, accompanied by text from botanist Emily Powers.

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When rain finally comes to "the land of little rain," the results are spectacular. Desert washes run thick with water only to become, a few months later, a raging current of wildflowers. But even drought doesn't drain the desert of its stark beauty. In Desert, Jack Dykinga has assembled a stunning collection of photographs that shows the Mojave Desert in all its moods.

The images are truly remarkable, particularly those with the warm colors and long shadows of dusk and dawn, when more than half of the 80 photographs were taken. Mountains, rocks, and water are typical winning subjects, but wildflowers are particularly well served by Dykinga, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer with two other books on desert landscapes. That wildflowers should be so prominent is no surprise, since many photographs document the sensational desert bloom that followed the El Niño winter of 1997-1998.

Janice Emily Bowers, a botanist and writer, brings the desert to life with her first-person narrative of kit fox sightings, wandering boulders, and basic desert ecology. She also describes the increasing threats to the more than 100 rare plants and animals in the Mojave. Dykinga's selectivity--not one photograph shows any trace of human activities--is balanced by Bowers's portrait of a desert at risk. They succeed in their mission to make new friends for the desert and renew old ones. This elegant book is really a reminder that the Mojave and Death Valley are worth protecting, saving, and visiting. --Pete Holloran

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"Our job is to show you why we love the Mojave Desert, and why you might love it, too." -Janice Emily Bowers, in her introduction Pulitzer Prize-winning landscape photographer Jack Dykinga, photographer of Abrams' The Sonoran Desert and Stone Canyons of the Colorado Plateau, turns his attention to another of the American southwest's spectacular scenic wonders, Death Valley and the vast area of the Mojave Desert surrounding it in California, Arizona, and Nevada. Dykinga and botanist Janice Emily Bowers, who provides a personal text, were aided in the creation of this book by El Nio, whose rains in 1997-98 produced perhaps the most spectacular wildflower blossoming of the desert ever seen. Here too are the mysterious moving rocks of Racetrack Playa, the singing sand dunes at Kelso, and many other remarkable views of the Mojave Desert, including the remarkable Joshua Tree National Park. 80 photographs in full color, 11 x 1011/2" Jack Dykinga is a specialist in large-format nature photography whose work has appeared in many national magazines, including Arizona Highways. He has published several books, including two with Abrams. Dykinga lives at the edge of the Sonoran Desert in Tucson. Janice Emily Bowers is best known for her graceful personal essays about natural history and wild places. She has published eight previous books. Bowers lives with her husband in the Sonoran Desert near Tucson.

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