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Wild Birds of the American Wetlands



 
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For over a decade, photographer Rosalie Winard has traveled the country by foot, canoe, airboat, and ATV, taking pictures of large birds of the wetlands from Florida to California, Louisiana to North Dakota. Her intimate portraits--tethered to an ethereal palette of white, gray, and black--are alight with Winard's passion for the avian world and its endangered terrain. Alternately meditative and exhilerating, abstract and literal, they capture the birds' remarkable habits and prehistoric forms, as well as their ineffable elegance and humor.

Wild Birds of the American Wetlands is a monumental and breathtaking study of some of the country's most beautiful birds--Great Blue Heron, White Ibis, Snoey Egret, Whooping Crane, Roseate Spoonbill, American White Pelican Wood Stork, and many more--and of their vanishing habitats. From the Ballona Wetlands in California to the prairies of Nebraska, Winard uses her thirty years of experience observing these winged creatures along with her mastery of photography to illuminate the importance of avian and wetland conservation.

Windard's camera lens has replaced her binoculars as she searches for images that depict the birds' elusive aspects and paradoxes: their simultaneous fragility and power, tranquility and action, stillness and momentum. At once a documentary photogrpaher, artist, and student of natural history, Winard, in each of her photographs, slips soundlessly into a vivid and detaled realism

Reviews

"In the newly released book, Wild Birds of the American Wetlands, Rosalie Winard captures the ethereal beauty of wading birds with the flair of a painter and the passion of an activist."
—Audubon magazine (May/June 2008 feature story)

"What comes across in Ms. Winard's photographs is the surreal floating aspect that many of the birds in her pictures have, as well as their elegance and also their humor."
—East Hampton Star (July 3 feature story July 3, 2008)

"Her remarkable portraits are the subject of a national traveling exhibition and book. Her lyrical images are punctuated with an ethereal palette of white, gray and black and are alight with Winard's passion for the avian world and its endangered habitat. "
—Waterkeeper magazine, Summer 2008

"The book, a collection of 100 reproductions, is handsome as it is eloquent and urgent....Some photos look like textile pattern designs, Japanese watercolors or dry point etchings."
—The Independent (East Hampton)

"A poetic reminder of how ancient and essential the wetlands and waterways are to our communities. Her stunning photographs tap something deep, almost primal…Let these graceful birds inspire us to preserve our wetlands, not only as a source of rich habitat and clean water, but also as a reflection of our values and commitment to future generations."
—Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., environmental activist

"Winard's bird images are haunting—a deep combination of art and nature photographyHer dedication, passion, and unique access to these large wetland birds (some of which are in danger of extinction) have enabled her to capture her subjects very intimately and obtain images unlike any others."
—Oliver Sacks, author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

"First and foremost, Rosalie Winard is an artist of restoration. Through the act of witnessing these fragile enduring birds of America's wetlands, she refuses to let their noble and imperiled lives remain hidden…"
—Terry Tempest Williams, from her essay

"Rosalie Winard cares about what she photographs. She understands the relationship between habitat and human encroachment and what we stand to lose if we don't stop and marvel at these avian primitives. They have lived an uninterrupted rhythm since the beginning of time—until recently. She is in love with the wildness, the splendor, the dignity of these incredible creatures and she wants us to see this too. She has captured something ancient and time-sensitive in her stunning black-and-white photography book."
—Sebastiao and Lelia Salgado

"…Oracular and outstanding. A passport into a new and very strange world."
—Errol Morris, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker

"For me this book is 'Birds in Translation.'"
—Temple Grandin, from her foreword

"Rosalie's photographs of birdlife are exquisite. She captures their movement, their motion, their grace and above all their spirit. Her work honors the winged ones and teaches us to honor them too."
—Zana Briski, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and photographer

"Rosalie Winard's photographs capture the beauty, the thrill, and the sheer exuberance of flight."
—Dan Barry, NASA astronaut

"In her photographs, as in a beautiful piece of music, Rosalie Winard has a precise and instinctual eye for movement and composition."
—David LaMarche, Conductor, American Ballet Theater

Each photograph translates and transforms an avian image into a work of conceptual art. Enhanced with an informed foreword by Temple Grandin and an informative essay by Terry Tempest Williams, "Wild Birds" is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition to personal, academic, and community library Photography and Wildlife reference collections.
—Midwest Book Review

Features
  • Media: Hardcover
  • Author: Rosalie Winard
  • Pub/Manuf: Welcome Books
  • ISBN: 978-1-59962-034-3
  • Size: 128 pages, 13 1/2" x 8 7/8" 100 black-and-white tritone photos 1 horizontal & 3 vertical gatefolds

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