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5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty never looked so wild...., October 27, 2002
This review is from: The Wild Shores of Patagonia: The Valdes Peninsula & Punta Tombo (Hardcover)
Patagonia. The name always meant mystery and
romance to me: a remote, little-peopled area
south of civilization, beyond the reaches of
normal travel routes; a place where nature
still exists without statues and monuments
and histories of kings and great empires.
After reading Jasmine Rossi's picture book of
the area, the mystery of Patagonia has been
revealed, but the romance continues. My eyes
enjoyed a feast of nature as I made my way
through the book. I had difficulty reading
this straight through because I kept wanting
to shower my mind with the beauty and sheer
rawness of the photographs, and I kept
flipping through to discover what else
Ms. Rossi was witness to in the wild.
As hard as it was, I did read through the
book sequentially, and I appreciated how
well-organized the book turned out to
be. Each major creature had its own section,
starting with the peaceful, friendly southern
right whale, then the awesome and terrible
orca, then the seals and dolphins, penguins
and flight birds, and small land animals.
After each section I could close my eyes and
still see and understand these marvelous
animals. I could do this because Ms. Rossi
included not only understandable descriptions
but also descriptions of how she felt, for
example, when she first encountered a right
whale in the water, or when she tried to
photograph dusky dolphins.
Animals of the sea have always fascinated me,
but Ms. Rossi took me on a land trip and
showed me many other curious animals, some
familiar, like the skunk, but others
completely unknown until this book, like
Darwin's Rhea.
My favorite tidbit about the book is that
Jasmine Rossi is not a professional marine
biologist who spent years among her objects
of study; she was simply an observer with a
camera and notebook. Who says that great
discoveries are of the past of Magellan and
Darwin?
I may not ever get to visit Patagonia, but
when I'm sipping a hot drink on a cold winter
day, I can pull out the book, look at the
pictures, and take a trip to a land far away
down under.
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