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Wednesday, November 30

Holiday Gift Guide: Celebrating America’s National Parks

Celebrating America’s National Parks

Photography by Clyde Butcher
Written by Donna F.G. Hailson
Pub. Date: 2016
Retail: $47.50
ISBN: 9780578173801
Pages: 192

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Book Description: Photographs of 33 National Parks that Clyde Butcher has photographed over the past 50 years, plus stories and information on each park.

About the Photographer: Clyde Butcher is considered by many to be the foremost landscape photographer working in America today. He began his professional life an an architect, but is best known for the spectacular images he captures through his large-format and digital cameras. He has received numerous awards, not only for his art, but also for his work in nature conservation. Clyde has collaborated on six documentaries, has published several books, travels widely as a speaker, exhibits in museums and other venues, and maintains two art galleries in Florida.

About the Author: Donna F.G. Hailson is a multi-award-winning author, journalist, blogger, educator, and radio host focusing on conservation, wildlife, wild places, and Christian spirituality. A Baptist pastor and former professor of the world religions and urban ministry, she has extensive experience in relief work and disaster response and has addressed audiences in the U.S. and Europe. Profiles of her life and work have been featured in periodicals, in a book, and on radio and television.

Billy's Thoughts: Putting together a new Holiday Gift Guide hasn't been easy as I don't want to have too many similar products that I had already featured in the previous years. Plus, I was wanting to include something that would appeal to a variety of different age groups. After hearing about the non-fiction book Celebrating America’s National Parks, I eagerly wanted to review it.

Celebrating America’s National Parks is photography book featuring black & white photos of preserves, monuments, and recreations areas around the USA taken by Clyde Butcher. Each chapter contains beautiful photos along with a bit of history of where it was taken by author Donna F.G. Hailson.

The 33 total national parks, preserves, and monuments featured in the 192 page hardbound book are:

Yosemite National Park
Badlands Natural Park
Grand Canyon National Preserve
Big Cypress National Preserve
Acadia National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Sequoia National Park
Death Valley National Park
Haleakala National Park
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Mount Rainer National Park
Redwood National Park
Biscayne National Park
Zion National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
Arches National Park
Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Sagurao National Park
Olympic National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Joshua Tree National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Canyonlands National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Glacier National Park
Devils Tower National Monument
Everglades National Park
Misty Fiords National Monument
Congaree National Park
Denali National Park
Glacier Park National Park and Preserve

I hate to admit this, but I'm not a big fan of photography books. I don't know exactly why that is, but it's something I've ever really been interested in. What caught my eye with the Celebrating America’s National Parks book was the gorgeous cover photo called "Moon Over Tetons." All the pictures are stunning, showcasing the great landscape of the country, and the "history" writings are well-written.

Overall, Celebrating America’s National Parks is a wonderful photography book that captures the great treasures of this country. It would make a great Christmas present for just about anyone, young or old.

*I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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