Southern Appalachian Celebration: In Praise of Ancient Mountains, Old-Growth Forests, and Wilderness

Southern Appalachian Celebration: In Praise of Ancient Mountains, Old-Growth Forests, and Wilderness

by James Valentine

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Overview

With this stunning collection of images of the Southern Appalachians, James Valentine presents an enduring portrait of the region's unique natural character. His compelling photographs of ancient mountains, old-growth forests, rare plants, and powerful waterways reveal the Appalachians' rich scenic beauty, while Chris Bolgiano's interpretive text and captions tell the story of its natural history.

Over four decades, Valentine has hiked hundreds of miles across mountainous parts of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia to photograph some of the last remnants of original forest. These scarce and scattered old-growth stands are the most biologically diverse temperate forests in the world. By sharing these remaining pristine wild places with us, Valentine and Bolgiano show that understanding these mountains and their extraordinary biodiversity is vital to maintaining the healthy environment that sustains all life.

Featuring an introduction by the late, longtime conservationist Robert Zahner and a foreword by William Meadows, president of The Wilderness Society, this visually entrancing and verbally engaging book celebrates the vibrant life of Southern Appalachian forests.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807835142
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 09/26/2011
Edition description: 1
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 742,856
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 14.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

James Valentine is a naturalist photographer, artist, and filmmaker whose work, including more than ten books, has helped to preserve millions of wild acres in the Southeast and throughout the Americas. He is president of the Quest Foundation.

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This book is a paean to the Southern Appalachians, remarkable for its multi-hued depiction of a heartbreakingly beautiful and biologically rich part of our country, whose unique values are at risk from a host of human-caused pressures. . . . It took more than a decade and countless sojourns in the backcountry with a camera, from valley floor to mountaintop, to capture this collection of eloquent photographs. They open a new window on the Southern Appalachian region. . . . Chris Bolgiano's text is the book's grace note, both sparkling and spare.—William Meadows, from the foreword



Southern Appalachian Celebration is a worthy testimony and loving ode to one of America's premier, iconic natural landscapes and ecosystems, and this photographic essay represents the life masterpiece of its creative artist, who so deeply cherishes these mountains.—Chuck Roe, Southeast Regional Program director, Land Trust Alliance, and founding director, North Carolina Natural Heritage Program and Conservation Trust for North Carolina

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