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Most people would not think of it as a desert, but the Grand Canyon of the Colorado is most assuredly that. With its towering walls barely lapped by the river, the canyon at its floor is a desert place unto itself. Ann Zwinger, a master of exposing the heart of the wild world, plumbs the very soul of this majestic place, exploring the deserts along the Colorados banks in order to examine things that often go unnoticed against a backdrop of overwhelming grandeur. Whether drawing our attention to a newly unfurled evening primrose, a ladybug at work on a leaf full of aphids, or the amazing appearance of a humpback chub slipping through the water like a pewter ghost, she opens a new window on the Canyon at river level to show us that small things of overpowering beauty can be found in a place whose intrinsic splendor is nothing less than staggering. Michael Colliers photographs also offer readers a view of the Canyon that may surprise anyone accustomed to more panoramic perspectives. Here are dramatic and mysterious images of not only rocks and rapids but also the intimate manifestations of nature that Zwinger describes. And for those who have never rafted the Colorado, Colliers dramatic photographs are the next best thing. Grand Canyon: Little Things in a Big Place is a book that will appeal equally to first-time Canyon visitors and long-time Zwinger and Collier fans—a book to return to time and again to contemplate the beauty of this timeless place.

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Nature writer Ann Zwinger takes an intimate look at the Grand Canyon and considers the small, often overlooked creatures that make their home along the banks of the Colorado River. Her first-person narrative describes discoveries--such as a newly unfurled evening primrose or a condor soaring above--that she made during a number of recent trips through the area. The text is accompanied by b&w photographs by Michael Collier. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Michael Collier is a science writer, photographer, and physician who lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. Among his other books is A Land in Motion: California's San Andreas Fault.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816524327
Author:
Zwinger, Ann
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Photographer:
Collier, Michael
Author:
Collier, Michael
Subject:
General
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
United States - Mountain - Colorado
Subject:
United States - Mountain - Arizona
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Grand Canyon (Ariz.) Description and travel.
Subject:
Natural history -- Arizona -- Grand Canyon.
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:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
104
Dimensions:
10 x 8.5 in

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