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The Natural Beauty of Arizona (From Sea to Shining Sea) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 15, 2015
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Paperback, December 15, 2015
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About the Author
Barbara K Olson With eighteen years managing a freelance graphic design business and several more in the field of graphics, making well-written copy look beautiful on the page was top priority. Add in a huge travel obsession, the need to take lots of pictures at every stop and a love for the state of Arizona (plus an abundance of time off with the poor economy), designing and writing a book about the natural beauty of Arizona seems to be a logical next step. Barbara's travels started as a toddler, on road trips across the country with her parents to visit family. They always included side-trips to visit national parks and monuments, to make the most of each gallon of gas and to make the obligatory family visit seem more like a vacation. Barbara and her husband now own a timeshare, which necessitates dreaming up creative ways to use their points – seeing something a little different each time they visit the same place, or exploring new places altogether. This has added fuel to the fire of her travel addiction and has caused her to spend down-time day-dreaming about where they will go next. To see where they’ve been recently, check out her blog at BarbaraKOlson.com. With each new visit, the wheels in her head are turning as she envisions the photos organized in another book. If all goes well, Wisconsin will be next! Life Is Short. Take Time to Travel.
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Replete with hundreds of high quality original photographs and concise comments, a great map and detailed explanations, any traveler would be hard-pressed to miss much of interest, from the kitschy to the spiritually profound.
Of particular interest is the map and table of contents on page 7. Olson has categorized places of interest under two headings; East to West, and North to South. The places she describes are clearly indicated on the map, in a logical and easy to locate manner. The table of contents shows the reader where to locate each place of interest in the body of the book. Couldn't be simpler for the active traveler.
I noticed some conversation in other reviews about a coffee table book. This is not such. It is better. Compact enough to fit into a glove box or travel bag, it as a single source of information for the visitor to one of our nation's most diverse and fascinating states.
This is book one in a series. I look forward to the others.
John Horst, Author of The Mule Tamer Trilogy and The Allingham Trilogy
The Amazon product description indicates that this is a "right-sized coffee table book". It doesn't really have the impact of a coffee table book, either in the size/format or print quality since it is a small paperback and doesn't utilize glossy paper. However, the photographs are definitely professional enough for a coffee table book.
I received a sample from the author for my perusal and review.
The book is divided into East and West Arizona, with three major routes featured: US191 in the northeast, I-40 across the nothern part, and I-17/10 from Flagstaff down to Arizona's southeastern corner. US191 in the northeast of the state travels through several Navaho and Apache reservations and plenty of beautiful areas. She stops at Canyon de Chelly, Petrified Forest, Holbrook and Winslow, the big Meteor Crater and Walnut Canyon outside Flagstaff, Route 66 through Oatman, Lake Havasu City, the Grand Canyon, Wupatki National Monument. The photo essay continues down Sedona and Oak Creek, Montezuma's Castle, the Verde Canyon Railroad, Jerome and back down to the greater Phoenix area, in which she highlights architecture and other man-made objects. The winding Apache Trail is featured, along with some Tucson scenes and the local San Xavier mission. The journey ends in Tombstone, the town too tough to die.
All the areas that are featured are worth mentioning, but there is so much more to Arizona than what is featured in this short photo essay. There is more to my adopted county of Cochise than just Tombstone. There's Bisbee, the Chiricahuas and the many ghost towns left unseen. While she features beautiful cacti in bloom, there are no sun set shots, or much of the Colorado River south of Havasu City. Other great towns to spend time in, like Prescott, Williams and Flagstaff are ignored. While the photos are beautiful, the photos and what is featured in this book is designed for the casual tourist who just wants to see the touristy stuff, and yet there is so much beauty across Arizona that gets ignored.
The professionally laid out photos and the accompanying essay will surely whet the first-time visitor's appetite. Look through this, read the text and venture out off the beaten path to see more of the wild parts of this most beautiful state.
I was provided a free PDF copy to read, enjoy and review.
Part travelog, part history and part ode to her temporary home, this is a stunning look at Arizona. As a pop culture/history geek, I loved the bits on Route 66 and Winslow. The author's writing complements the pictorial story and I think that's perfect for such stunning shots. ALthough apparently not currently available in that format, I think this would make an excellent coffee table book.
"Travel is one of the few things you buy that will make you richer" Yes, indeed.
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