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For over a decade, photographer Rosalie Winard has traveled
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
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
"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."
"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."
"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.
"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."
poetic reminder of how ancient and essential the wetlands and waterways
are to our communities.
Her stunning photographs tap something deep, almost
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."
"Winard's bird images are haunting—a deep combination of art and
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."
"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
"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
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."
and outstanding. A passport into a new and very strange world."
"For me this book is 'Birds in Translation.'"
"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."
"Rosalie Winard's photographs capture the
beauty, the thrill, and the sheer exuberance of flight."
"In her photographs, as in a beautiful piece of music, Rosalie
Winard has a precise and instinctual eye for movement and composition."
photograph translates and transforms an avian image into a work of
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.