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Headwaters: A Journey on Alabama Rivers Hardcover – March 5, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press; 1st Edition edition (March 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817316302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817316303
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“This book pulls together and fuses two great resources—Beth Young’s beautiful photographs and John Hall’s lifetime love of (and stories about) Alabama’s natural heritage . . . and its sheer beauty will inspire people to explore the state for themselves.”
—Larry Davenport, Samford University


“WOW! What a wonderful body of work. Beth has captured the essence of the location with composition, light, and timing. I enjoyed the personality of the text throughout and found it to be the right blend of information and entertainment . . . Kudos to the creators.”
—Marc Muench, co-creator of American Portfolios, The Rockies, and Our National Parks


“This is a great book, well organized [with] a very good flow. Beth’s images are exquisite . . . and the quotes with each image are good surprises.”
—Chip Cooper, photographer of Common Threads and A Mansion’s Memories

About the Author

Beth Maynor Young is an accomplished conservation photographer who has spent much of her life chronicling the natural beauty and remnant wild places of the contemporary South. Visit Beth's website at: http://www.cahabariverpublishing.com.
 
John C. Hall is Curator of the Black Belt Museum, University of West Alabama, Livingston, Alabama, and former Chief of Natural History at The University of Alabama Museum of Natural History.
 
Rick Middleton is Founder and Executive Director of the Southern Environmental Law Center, with offices in Alabama, Georgia, Tennesee, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

More About the Author

Beth Maynor Young has been working in Alabama and the southeast as a conservation photographer for over twenty five years. The river photography began with a simple "yes" to the Cahaba River Society when asked if she would be interested in photographing the river. Exploring the Cahaba lead to many other rivers as well becoming involved in the issues the rivers face and the folks working to protect them. It was a journey discovering and the beauty and mystery of Alabama's rivers, camping along the banks and traveling at the speed of the current.

The Headwaters book was an attempt to create an identity for the finest rivers in Alabama as they face exponentially increasing threats, in order to support efforts of river advocates working to protect these rivers from further degradation.

Longleaf, Far as the Eye Can See, written by Bill Finch, Rhett Johnson and John Hall, was created to support the efforts of the Longleaf Alliance. http://longleafalliance.org This book has exceeded all of our expectations. It was once the largest forest ecosystem in North America and though reduced in size, it is still the most biologically rich forest ecosystem in North America.

I am now using my photography and partnering with my son Spence Maynor and working as a land specialist for Tutt Land Company, finding exceptional owners for exceptional properties.

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These pictures are absolutely breathtaking.
Kim Littlefield
I gave this as a Christmas gift to five good friends and they were all thrilled.
Anne F. Knight
I recommend this book to anyone interested in Alabama's rivers and streams.
Carolyn Haley

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Palmer on April 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Review by Tim Palmer, photographer and author of Rivers of America and other books

Beth Maynor Young's exquisite documentary of beauty, biology, and geography captures what people need to know about rivers throughout the South. A book like this should be available for each state in America, but only a few have them. Young is fine photographer who has finally created the art that Alabama's rivers deserve.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M A C on March 20, 2010
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This gorgeous coffee table book takes the reader on a beautiful, informative and exciting journey down the author's composite River of Alabama. Starting our trip on the tiny springs that merge and blend into rivers that flow to the Gulf of Mexico, it is as if we are floating in a canoe, all the while listening to the languid but passionate Southern accent of John Hall, a knowlegeable and friendly guide. Beth Young's photographs give us the perspective of being on the river at just the right season: when wildflowers are blooming on this river, when these falls are crashing with heavy snow melt or rain, when the trees are bare and we see deep into that forests, when the sun is at just the right angle to reflect off this pool of water. Hall and Young boost Alabama, conservation, education, wild space, and serenity with this treasure of a book. This is a book to study, to pick up and flip through, to share, to savour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer E on June 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My mother loves her book! She read a review of it in the newspaper and asked for it for as her Mother's Day present. She told us that if she wants to take a vacation, she can just look at the pictures in the book. I think she is going to get years of enjoyment from the book.
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This book was also given to my grandson for Christmas. He loved it. He is employed by Alabama Conservation Department as a marine biologist, and he loves everything about Alabama's rivers and streams. The photography in this book is especially beautiful and the text very informative and interesting. I recommend this book to anyone interested in Alabama's rivers and streams.
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An authorative and completely enjoyable read for the outdoor enthusiast. Especially relavant if one is a conoeist or kayaker. Pictures are wonderful and the history of each stream is interesting. lt is also an appeal for the conservation of these wild and senic areas. One need not live in Alabama to enjoy this book.

Bob Winters, Tennessee
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A very good account of major Alabama rivers written for the naturalist as well kayak/canoe crowd - makes a great coffee table book, good photographs
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