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The San Luis Valley: Sand Dunes and Sandhill Cranes (Desert Places)

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It is a high valley edged by serrated peaks, a remote expanse the size of Connecticut lying, as if forgotten, between two mountain ranges. Here, North Americas tallest sand dunes blow against glacier-gouged summits, the Rio Grande begins its long journey from snowflake to saltwater, and vast reaches of desert scrub hide verdant pocket wetlands. Colorados San Luis Valley is not a place for the timid. Sizzling hot in summer, frigid cold in winter, this huge landscape is humbling in its openness, a place defined by the rhythms of nature—and by the thrust and parry of male courting female in the ritual dance of sandhill cranes. These majestic birds arrive by the thousands twice a year to feed, rest, and socialize in the valleys wetlands—invisible except from the air—and their cries temper the constant wind. Susan Tweit lives in the high desert of southern Colorado not far from the valleys dunes and wetlands. With the precision of a scientist and the passion of a poet, she guides readers through this land of sand dunes and sandhill cranes, describing its natural features and tracing its human history from buffalo hunters and conquistadors to Hispanic farming communities and UFO observatories. And in stunning images, photographer Glenn Oakley brings his intimate feel for light and landscape to portraying not only the subtle beauty of this high-desert sanctuary but also the grandeur of the cranes in flight. As an intimate look at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve and the San Luis Valley, this book reveals a desert place as seductive and sobering as existence itself.

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Glenn Oakleys photographs have appeared in such publications as Smithsonian, Outside, Backpacker, and Sunset, and in the book Snake: The Plain and Its People.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816524242
Author:
Oakley, Glenn
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Photographer:
Oakley, Glenn
Author:
Oakley, Glenn
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - Mountain - Colorado
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (
Subject:
San Luis Valley (Colo. and N.M.)
Subject:
Nature and Environment
Subject:
Travel-US Rocky Mountain States
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Travel-US Western States
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Desert Places
Publication Date:
20050731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
7 x 6 in

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