“Life in Death Valley” is a book of "coffee-table" quality that can also be used as a concise and informative guide for experiencing the highlights of this starkly beautiful National Park. Without traveling, it can also be used to vicariously experience the beauty, history and features of this unusual geologic area.
The book includes appropriate quotations from other authors especially Walt Whitman. His "Leaves of Grass" is said to be one of the best books of the nineteenth century, a time when Death Valley was first being explored by Anglos. It is cited extensively. These quotations are cleverly blended with color photographs and brief descriptions of the major attractions of Death Valley.
The book is dedicated to all cancer survivors. The author is such a survivor. Emotions are subtly integrated into the text through experiences of another survivor named Don. Don found deepened meaning for his life by visiting Death Valley. He experienced influences of nature on mankind, influences of mankind on nature, dynamics of our changing earth, and the transcendence from this magnificent valley.
"Life in Death Valley" has 120 pages and over 100 photographs. It is informative, enlightening, inspirational and a guide for travel through life and through this unusual National Park. It is realistic and uplifting, but do not be surprised if you wipe a tear from your eye as you identify with some of the emotions evoked within Don.
John is an experienced nature photographer who was born and resides in the shadow of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. His special love for the beauty of this area is evident in many of his photographic renditions. John has an extensive background in the physics of light and optics as well as training in artistic composition and writing. He utilizes these skills in conjunction with computer technologies to add new dimensions to the arts of photographic presentation and publishing. It is John’s hope and desire that his writing, photographs and photo art will inspire the readers and viewers, and that these works will promote an increased awareness and actions for the preservation of the natural beauty of the world for all future generations.