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Wild Prairie

A Photographer's Personal Journey

by (author) James Page

Douglas & McIntyre
Initial publish date
Sep 2005
General, Plains & Prairies
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2005
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In this gorgeous homage to the grasslands of North America, photographer James R. Page takes us on a journey through the wild prairie, those areas of the prairie that look much as they did 300 years ago. Traveling from Saskatchewan to Texas to photograph the splendor of the grasslands through the seasons, Page conveys the quintessential prairie as well as his passion for and knowledge of this vital landscape. Beginning in the summer, he shows us the sunlit world of grass stalks and sky as well as the turbulence of fire and of pounding rain and blinding flashes of lightning. In autumn, we see migrating sandhill cranes and grasses swirling in the wind. In winter, hoarfrost cloaks trees along a river and elk climb a snowy ridge. Finally, spring brings rattling winds, newly green trees, and an influx of birds.

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation.

About the author

James R. Page is a photographer and writer who has published more than 1400 photos and 75 magazine articles. He taught the Nature and Wildlife course at the Western Academy of Photography for 12 years and was a features writer and photo columnist for Explore magazine. He was the principal photographer for Candace Savage's award-winning Prairie: A Natural History. He lives on Vancouver Island, BC.

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Editorial Reviews

"It will be of special interest to photographers, but will also appeal to anyone who wants to learn more about the 'sea of grass.'"

The Gazette

"Wild Prairie is another luminous book of photographs... Travelling from Saskatchewan to Texas and through the four seasons."

The Prince George Citizen

"You will be tempted to skip the text in this photo essay...because the photos are so stunningly exceptional. However, this BC-based photographer also writes thoughtfully about his year-long wandering through central North America."

Winnipeg Free Press

"The photographs are beautiful, the prose is descriptive. No photograph can ever completely duplicate an experience, but an effective one can give a sense of that experience and make us more aware. Pageís photographs encourage us to take it upon ourselves to explore, embrace, and cherish the land."

Great Plains Quarterly

"Travelling from Saskatchewan to Texas to photograph the splendour of the grasslands through the seasons, Page conveys the quintessential prairie as well as his passion for and knowledge of this vital landscape."

Photo Life Magazine

"You don't have to have lived in Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba to enjoy this sumptuous journey through the wild prairie of North America...Looking at the superb photos, you quickly discover that a) not all prairie is flat, b) it's alive with all manner of beasties and c) there [are] no people around. The book adds a nice touch in that it gollows the seasons in the grassland."

Niagara Falls Review