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Valley of the Dunes: Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Paperback – May 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing; 1st edition (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155591523X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555915230
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 10.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,751,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The combination of photography and writing offers an intimate peek at this sandy expanse the casual visitor could never experience. -- Arizona Republic

About the Author

Audrey Delella Benedict is a naturalist and passionate advocate for the conservation of Colorado's mountain landscape. Audrey is the author of the acclaimed A Sierra Club Naturalist's Guide to the Southern Rockes, soon to be revised and re-released by Fulcrum Publishing. She is the founder and director of Cloud Ridge Naturalists, a 25-year old nonprofit educational organization. Since 1981 Bob Rozinski and Wendy Shattil have combined distinctly different photographic backgrounds and abilities to produce unique and sensitive interpretations of nature. The team is well known for award-winning camera work appearing in hundreds of publications internationally including Audubon, National Geographic, Nature Conservancy Journal, and BBC Wildlife. Since 1981 Bob Rozinski and Wendy Shattil have combined distinctly different photographic backgrounds and abilities to produce unique and sensitive interpretations of nature. The team is well known for award-winning camera work appearing in hundreds of publications internationally including Audubon, National Geographic, Nature Conservancy Journal, and BBC Wildlife.

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As a photographer hobbyist, I found this book to be an inspiration.
sf
The photography is spectacular and the writing superb, providing insight to a landscape that is more complex and varied than a casual inspection can reveal.
Haskell R. Scheimberg
A great gift book for those who love Colorado, the National Parks, are concerned about the environment or just love the outdoors.
Red Moose

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JMan on July 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
As a Colorado native I've spent a lot of time in the San Luis Valley and there is finally a book that goes beyond the obvious subject of the Sand Dunes. Anyone can find the beauty there, but to photograph all the critters and tell about dozens of unique places throughout the Valley is outstanding! I've explored the Rio Grande, the wildlife refuges, and some of the drainages, but rarely have these interesting places appeared as beautifully as depicted in Valley of the Dunes. I'm thrilled these authors and photographers have gone beyond the obvious and introduced such a special place to everyone who treasures new and unique experiences.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Haskell R. Scheimberg on September 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
This award winning book is a must have for anyone visiting or wanting to visit this magnificant national park. The photography is spectacular and the writing superb, providing insight to a landscape that is more complex and varied than a casual inspection can reveal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tillie on July 5, 2005
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We've been to the Sand Dunes twice but everytime we turn a page in this book it makes us want to go back and see it at different times of days and seasons.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Red Moose on September 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
Heard about the book this past Friday when Senator Ken Salazar gave a copy to Chief Justice Nominee John Roberts as a gift. Picked up a copy this weekend and love it. Incredible photography, and stunning text - plus you can't beat the price! A great gift book for those who love Colorado, the National Parks, are concerned about the environment or just love the outdoors. BUY IT!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wordslikedaisies on April 25, 2011
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VALLEY OF THE DUNES (Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve- 2010 edition)is exceptional, impressive, magnificent...and comes as no surprise. Photographers Bob Rozinski and Wendy Shattil have long set the standard for outstanding wildlife, habitat and landscape photography, and this edition is no exception. It is a true visual indulgence into the often overlooked 'spectacularness' of the San Luis Valley. The accompanying text, by Audrey DeLella Benedict, is articulate, concise and enhances the reader's visual journey. As one who has driven through the San Luis Valley, and spent time exploring the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserves, I was awed when actually there. I am beyond awed by what these individuals have created. VALLEY OF THE DUNES (2010)is a beautiful collection of exquisite photographs. If you are not drawn into each image, please see your eye doctor. Don't be surprised if you find yourself conflicted by wanting to linger on one page while feeling eager to 'oooo' and 'ahhh' at the next. For anyone who appreciates the serenity, beauty and inspiration of nature, wildlife, scenic landscapes...this captivating book...an exquisite photographic tour of an area that beckons...is one you should not miss.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sf on April 21, 2011
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I own the first edition of this book, I bought 3 of the new books to give as gifts and decided to keep one because the new photos are magnificent. We've visited the Sand Dunes many times. Every time I look at this book it makes me want to go back and see the dunes in different seasons.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen on April 20, 2011
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This book introduced me to this little known national park - what a special treat! The photos are breathtaking, & the text was insightful & informative
Just looking at this book makes me want to go back & to go back in all seasons
The book is a work of art as much as it is educational - the best of both worlds!
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