Enchanted by Prairie

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-07-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Iowa Pr
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June grass at sunset, Indian grass at sunrise, hawk moths and monarch butterflies nectaring on purple fringed orchids and rough blazing star, little bluestem and saw-tooth sunflowers and butterfly milkweed in hill prairies and sand prairies, and blue skies and one bright rainbow arching over them all. Bill Witt has been photographing Iowars"s wild places for more than thirty years, and the result is this collection of splendid images that reveal the glorious beauty and diversity of the staters"s prairie remnants. Witt gives us close-ups of pasque flower shoots covered with ice in spring, coneflowers dancing in a summer breeze, and prairie dropseed in its autumn colors as well as such prairie companions as sandhill cranes, northern harriers, and bison. His panoramic visions of prairie landscapes in all seasons focus on the personal pleasure and spiritual sustenance that connecting with prairies, even small and neglected ones, can bring us. Osha Davidsonrs"s essay compares todayrs"s prairie remnants with yesterdayrs"s expanses and calls for us to restore balance to this damaged landscape. Altogether, Enchanted by Prairie celebrates todayrs"s prairie landscape and encourages us, in Davidsonrs"s words, to restore its "beauty and scents and textures and sounds."

Author Biography

Longtime photojournalist and former state representative Bill Witt is the intellectual property officer for the University of Northern Iowa. His photos and essays have been published in the Iowan, Iowa Heritage Illustrated, Sierra, Nature Conservancy, and the Sun. The Sierra Club named him an “American environmental hero” in 1991. He is the author of Orchids in Your Pocket: A Guide to the Native Orchids of Iowa (Iowa, 2006). Journalist and author Osha Gray Davidson’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Mother Jones, the Nation, the New Republic, and Popular Science, among others. He is the author of five books of nonfiction, the most recent of which is Fire in the Turtle House: The Green Sea Turtle and the Fate of the Ocean.

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