Canyon Wilderness of the Southwest, Mini Edition

By Jon Ortner (Photographer); Greer K. Chesher (Introduction by)
(Welcome Books, Hardcover, 9781599620794, 280pp.)

Publication Date: April 27, 2010

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Description
Straddling the boarders of Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico lies a magnificent wilderness known as the Colorado Plateau. Encompassing over 130,000 square miles, it is a high, eroded tableland of rock, canyon, and desert, and within its boundaries are the greatest concentration of National Parks, National Monuments, State Parks, Wilderness areas, BLM holdings, and Native American tribal lands in America.
This mini edition of the oversized, deluxe "Canyon Wilderness of the Southwest" is an awe-inspiring visual odyssey through this incredible landscape. Beautifully photographed by Jon Ortner, this little book showcases more than two hundred images, including seventy-five panoramas. Shot in more than fifty locations across a 130,000-square-mile area of Utah and Arizona, there are thirteen geographical areas included in the book: Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Capitol Reef National Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Grand Gulch, Petrified Forest National Park, Hopi Tribal Lands, Grand Canyon National Park, Navajo Tribal Lands.
From the vast, majestic canyons, to the brilliant, swirling colors of the Grand Staircase and Vermillion Cliffs, Ortner shares his unique vision of a wilderness of rock, at once familiar yet astounding, one of America's greatest natural treasures. This remarkable aassemblage of geological diversity and spectacular beauty attracts millions of American and foreign tourists every year.
With extensive captions about the locations by the photographer and an introduction by the writer Greer K. Chesher.



About the Author
Jon Ortner was born in Great Neck, Long Island in 1951. He started painting and drawing at an early age, which laid the foundation for his photography. In college, Jon continued to pursue art, natural history and ecology. In 1978 he moved to New York City with his wife, Martha, where they opened a photo studio and continue to collaborate. Jon's books, "Where Every Breath is a Prayer," "Angkor," and "Buddha "are the culmination of numerous journeys to the far corners of the Himalaya and Southeast Asia. A compilation of NYC images was published as "Manhattan Dawn &Dusk. "His awardwinning images and stories have appeared in numerous
magazines such as "GEO," "Communications Arts," "Travel & Leisure "and "Architectural Digest,"
Jon has turned his focus and passion to the canyons and deserts of the Southwest. From the greatest canyons on earth, to the brilliant swirling colors of the Grand Staircase and Vermillion Cliffs, he has shown us a wilderness of rock at once familiar yet astounding. By creating panoramic portraits of this vast, monumental landscape, he hopes to share his unique vision of the beauty and incomparable majesty of America's greatest natural treasures.

GREER K. CHESHER is a freelance environmental writer. Her most recent books include Heart of the Desert Wild: Grand Staircase, Dinosaur: The Dinosaur National Monument Quarry, and Bryce Canyon Impressions.
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