180 pages, 131 col photos
Explores the natural treasures to be found within a 90-minute drive from downtown Seattle. Separate chapters in the book showcase "wild in the city" retreats such as Schmitz and Discovery Parks; the scenic islands of Puget Sound; the Olympic Peninsula, including the eastern side of Olympic National Park and the Kitsap Peninsula; Mount Rainier and its environs, from Mount Rainier National Park to the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge; and the magnificent North Cascades, including Cascade Pass, the Skagit, and the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. In each chapter, the photo gallery gathers both glorious panoramas and intimate close-ups, revealing the incredible diversity of flora and fauna to be found in each area. An afterword by longtime conservationist Doug Scott highlights the efforts - both past and present - to protect the Seattle area's natural habitats in the face of rampant urban growth.
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Terry Donnelly and Mary Liz Austin have photographed extensively in North America and abroad, and their images have appeared in numerous calendars, magazines, and other publications. Their previous books include Washington: The Spirit of the Land and Oregon: Preserving the Spirit and Beauty of Our Land. They live on Vashon Island, on Puget Sound. Acclaimed writer and Journalist Timothy Egan is a national correspondent for the New York Times and the author of numerous works of nonfiction, most notably The Good Rain: Across Time and Terrain in the Pacific Northwest and Lasso the Wind: Away to the New West. He lives in Seattle. Doug Scott, former Associate Executive Director of the Sierra Club, is now Policy Director for the Campaign for America's Wilderness. He also lives in Seattle.