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A Geography of Metaphors

by (author) Ken Dalgarno

foreword by Ross King

Red Deer Press
Initial publish date
May 2014
Landscapes, Plains & Prairies
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    Publish Date
    May 2014
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Foreword by Ross King, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Governor General's Award.

There can be few places in the world where the visual impact of the landscape is as hauntingly captivating as the Badlands of the Northern Great Plains. Encompassing Alberta, Saskatchewan, North Dakota and Montana, these amazing regions contain some of the most surreal and magical terrain you can imagine.

Renowned photographer and painter Ken Dalgarno first visited Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta "more or less out of curiosity," he writes. "But I was instantly struck by the mystical hoodoos, spires, and other mesmerizing geological wonders. It felt like I was walking amongst a geography of metaphors, or perhaps entering an archives where stories have been exiled."

"A treasure trove for dinosaur fossils and First Nations history, the Badlands," Ken continues, "are certainly a place where the past has invaded the present. Like finding a great writer, I wanted to read more. The result of my explorations is this photographic survey of the Badlands of the Northern Great Plains."

Covering eleven unique Badland regions this book provides a living photographic portrait of some of the most intriguing and least understood places on Earth — North America's mysterious Badlands. Below are the 11 regions:

  1. Avonlea Badlands Saskatchewan
  2. Big Muddy Badlands Saskatchewan
  3. Roche Percee Saskatchewan
  4. Killdeer Badlands Saskatchewan
  5. Dinosaur Provincial Park Alberta
  6. Cottonwood Trail Alberta
  7. Drumheller Alberta
  8. Red Rock Coulee Alberta
  9. Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park Alberta
  10. Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Dakota
  11. Makoshika State Park Montana

About the authors

Ken Dalgarno's profile page

Ross King, born in Estevan, Saskatchewan, is the Canadian author of three books on Italian history and Art: Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling, Machiavelli: Philosopher of Power and Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture, which won the 2001 Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Adult Nonfiction. His study of French Impressionism, The Judgment of Paris, won the Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction in Canada. He lives in England, near Oxford.

Ross King's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"Each picture in the book tells a story; each essay draws the reader in to experience the unique moments Delgarno has captured in image and word. The reader is left with a yearning to experience the landscape and the affects of nature's magic. . . Badlands is for anyone appreciating awe inspiring landscapes."
Moose Jaw Express

"Dalgarno's stunning photographs and descriptive writing capture the surreal and magical terrain of the Badlands of the Northern Great Plains."
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