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In the Temple of Wolves: A Winter's Immersion in Wild Yellowstone Paperback – November 21, 2013
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If you pick up this book to learn about the wolves in Yellowstone, you will not be disappointed. Along the way, you will also learn in exquisite detail about the coyotes, ravens, cottonwoods, and sagebrush that inhabit the Lamar Valley. Rick Lamplugh approaches his subjects with reverence but not to worship. His respect is rooted in science and in the tactile sensations of his winter living amongst the creatures of the Lamar.
Review by Marjane Ambler, author of Yellowstone Has Teeth
Rick Lamplugh's love of the wild in Yellowstone shines brightly in these eloquent narratives, conceived while living in the park's Lamar Valley--prime wolf habitat. His stories pull the reader into adventures and mis-adventures of cold wind and blowing snow, the reality of life and death in nature, and the complexities of managing wildlife and human park visitors.
Review by Barbara J. Moritsch, author of The Soul of Yosemite
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"In the reading of Rick Lamplugh's latest work, we are transported to the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park. As a naturalist, Rick knows his biology and weaves into the narrative important emerging science; the wolf figures large in this wild world, exemplifying top-down ecological cascades. He describes the stark beauty and treacherous cruelty of nature with an honest voice that leaves no detail unsaid, be it exquisite or morbid. It's not only the outer struggles in nature that are revealed in Rick's writing, but also inner battles with his own human nature." William J. Ripple, Ph.D., professor, author
"Rick Lamplugh provides a refreshing natural history perspective of the ecological inner workings of the Lamar ecosystem. A perspective with a literary bent reminiscent of great naturalist writers such as Ann Zwinger--a touch of science and a touch of sentiment. From his line drawn in the snow to help visitors understand the battle of life and death played out between wolf and elk in the wintry viewscape, Rick teaches all who will read In the Temple of Wolves an understanding and appreciation of nature." Jim Halfpenny, Ph.D., A Naturalist's World
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Rick captures the essences of the characters of the valley both four and two legged and writes with an eloquent sense of place. I have spent many days in the Lamar Valley of the Northern Range and every page resurrected a wonderful memory. Reading Rick's book is the next best thing to being there.
1 Report on the Yellowstone Expedition of 1873
2 Thirty-seven Days of Peril [Illustrated] (1904)
3 Diary of the Washburn Expedition to the Yellowstone and Firehole Rivers in the Year 1870 [ILLUSTRATED]
4 Hunting in the Yellowstone (1917)
5 Journal of Judge Cornelius Hedges, a Member of the Washburn Expedition of 1870
6 Journal of Larocque from the Assiniboine to the Yellowstone, 1805. Ed.
7 The Chronicles of the Yellowstone: History of the Country Drained by the Yellowstone River, Its Indian Inhabitants, Its First Explorers, the Early Fur Traders and Trappers (1883)
Lamplugh is a volunteer with the Yellowstone Association, and in this book, he tells stories about his time working in Yellowstone. It is evident throughout the book that he is a well-read naturalist who is very curious about the unique workings of the Yellowstone ecosystem. Lamplugh is a talented story-teller, and each chapter will get you excited about this magical place some refer to as “Wonderland”. Make this book a part of your personal library.
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