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Voyageur Skies: Weather and the Wilderness in Minnesota's National Park [Hardcover]

Don Breneman , Mark Seeley
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June 1, 2011 1890434825 978-1890434823 First
VOYAGEUR SKIES chronicles spring, summer, fall, and winter in Voyageurs National Park through Don Breneman's stunning photographs, while Dr. Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota meteorologist/climatologist, explains the effects of weather and climate on the shaping of the park's pristine landscape.

How has the climate in Voyageurs National Park changed in recent years and what does this mean going forward? Climate change is already impacting Minnesota's water resources.

While celebrating the spectacular beauty to be found in Minnesota's only national park, VOYAGEUR SKIES facilitates wider discussion and understanding of implications for the future if the quality of the state's water resources is to be preserved.

Written for general readers and also for classroom use, this book will be the centerpiece for educational programs to be offered jointly by the University of Minnesota Resources Center and Extension.

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About the Author

Don Breneman works primarily in the areas of horticultural and nature photography. His images have appeared in books, magazines, exhibits, billboards, brochures, and websites. Don is the product manager and photographer for the University of Minnesota's MINNESOTA GARDENING CALENDAR. He is a graduate of Macalester College and holds a Master's Degree in photojournalism from the University of Minnesota. For thirty-two years he taught photography at the University of Minnesota.

Don's photos have won many awards, including ten gold awards from Agricultural Communicators in Education, and he has received the Award of Excellence in Visuals from that organization. One of his photographs has been accepted into the University of Minnesota's permanent art collection. He has conducted winter and wildflower photography workshops in Big Sky Montana, Voyageurs National Park, and on the north shore of Lake Superior, as well as workshops and classes in horticultural photography.

Dr. Mark Seeley joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota Department of Soil, Water, and Climate in 1978. Since that time he has served as Extension Climatologist and Meteorologist, working closely with the National Weather Service, the Minnesota State Climatology Office, and various state agencies, as well as regional Extension Offices around the state. He has served as a weekly commentator on Minnesota Public Radio's MORNING EDITION news program and written the weekly newsletter "Minnesota WeatherTalk" since 1992. He is also a frequent guest on Minnesota Public Television's "Almanac" program. Dr. Seeley has edited numerous childrens books on weather and climate, and he is the author of MINNESOTA WEATHER ALMANAC published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, which was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award in 2006.

Dr. Seeley's great-great grandfather, Ira Seeley, founded the town of Mazeppa, Minnesota (Wabasha County), and was a member of the first Minnesota Territorial Legislature (1854-58) and State Legislature (1858-62). Dr. Seeley loves to share stories and lessons from Minnesota's weather history, and discuss the management and preservation of Minnesota's natural resources in the context of a changing climate.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Afton Historical Society Press; First edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890434825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890434823
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 11.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,557,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A coffee table must December 9, 2011
By Robby D
A steller, "coffee table" book with a difference.

Stunning and luscious photos of wildlife, vegetation, and vistas from Voyageurs National Park (the border lakes area between Minnesota and Ontario) are enhanced by intelligent, informative captions. Additional text explores the dynamic climate that shapes the region.

The book is divided into the seasons of the year, which seems to entice everyone to pick it up and view it again and again.

Voyageurs National Park is our only National Park that must be explored by boat or canoe. Photographer Don Breneman has spent a lifetime capturing gorgeous images of this glowing landscape. Meteorologist Mark Seeley provides context behind the photos with insights into the forces-at-work in this ever changing environment.

Printed on highest quality, photo-like paper. A book that deserves a place on your coffee table. Your friends over for a visit will love browsing this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book July 31, 2011
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Not only are the photos outstanding but the text which covers the seasons on this seldom visited part of the United States capture the reality of a National Park of great diversity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Photos and Information August 21, 2013
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I am biased, I love the area and am retiring about 1 mile from the park border. Wonderful coffee table book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING September 17, 2012
I love this National Park because it is not as busy as some of the other large ones in the U.S. so I was delighted to FINALLY see a book that has all the seasons represented and such wonderful information on the weather of each season. The photographs are simply amazing and makes you feel like you are right there in them. For the price, this is a wonderful book, a bargain actually! I would love to see more work from Don Breneman published.
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