First of the Last Wild Places
George B. Robinson
64 pages. Oversized 10”x13”
This stunningly beautiful, over sized book is lavishly illustrated with breathtaking color imagery by America’s leading landscape photographers. In addition to the stunning photography, the book also includes detailed maps of the park and region and insightful, heartfelt narratives detailing the park’s natural and human histories.
At first, I hear it. A muffled thump like a heavy footstep. Then another. And another. I quickly check to see if an animal is stalking me. Relieved that no hungry carnivore is in sight, I turn my attention again to the noise. This time I see a cone of a whitebark pine falling, taking its place among several others. Suddenly, frenetic red squirrel appears among the cones. Having temporarily abandoned his harvest, the energetic bundle of reddish-brown fur grasps one of the cones and bounds off to store it in a secret midden. While their working parts are similar, each geyser has a specific gestation period, distinctive form, and behavior. No two are alike, and their inconstant behavior is a reflection of the constancy of change in Yellowstone. Each of Yellowstone’s geysers has a distinct personality. Some of Old Faithful’s supporting cast on the Yellowstone stage are quieter and more reserved. Others are more demonstrative. But all follow the same script and have a common director-an interconnected underground plumbing system. Only their performances are different.
—From “Yellowstone: First of the Last Places” by George B. Robinson
Yellowstone: First of the Last Wild Places
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