Bay Area Wild
A Celebration of the Natural Heritage of the San Francisco Bay Area
Publication Date: November 1999
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The San Francisco Bay Area holds the most extensive system of wild greenbelts in the nation, with more than 200 parks and other protected areas lying within forty miles of the city. With stunning photography and inspiring text, renowned outdoor photographer Galen Rowell has created the ultimate tribute to the area where he was born and raised.
Rowell’s extraordinary photographs make clear why so many have worked so hard to preserve the Bay Area's wildlands, and why this work must continue. Miles of rugged coastline, valleys, bays, islands, mountains, and ocean are captured in stirring images, including a full moon setting through pines on Mount Tamalpais, sunlight illuminating poppies in Tilden Regional Park, and winter storm waves crashing against the rocky San Mateo coast.
Working with Rowell to create this superb collection of images was award-winning photographer Michael Sewell, also a Bay Area native. Sewell has spent years photographing Bay Area wildlife at close range in their natural habitat.
More than 170 spectacular photographs and Rowell's rich descriptions of Bay Area landscapes, as well as interviews with those who were instrumental in preserving them, combine to make Bay Area Wild an unforgettable celebration of these unique national treasures.
Galen Rowell (1940-2002) devoted his life to wilderness exploration, photography, and writing, making more than twenty journeys to the polar regions. In 1992 he received a grant from the National Science Foundation to travel around Antarctica with scientists to research this book. Rowell is a recipient of the Ansel Adams Award for his contributions to wilderness photography, and his work has often appeared in "Life", "National Geographic", and other major publications. Among his eleven previous books are "Galen Rowell's Vision: The Art of Adventure Photography" (1993) and "Mountain Light: In Search of the Dynamic Landscape" (1986). He photographed and produced "My Tibet", with text by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, for the University of California Press in 1990.
Sewell worked with National Geographic and PBS television before becoming a photographer in 1987. His travels have takeh him from the Arctic to the Amazon.