Friday, June 4, 2010
I've just finished another book from the Marion Public Library's Club Read Iowa-flavored list--Enchanted by Prairie (photographed by Bill Witt, essay by Osha Gray Davidson, published by the University of Iowa Press). Bill Witt has been photographing Iowa's wild places for more than 30 years, and in this lovely picture book he documents the remnants of Iowa's prairie. Landscapes and prairie flower and grass closeups--this book has them all, plus a thoughtful essay by Osha Gray Davidson comparing today's prairie remnants to yesterday's oceanic expanses, with a call to us to restore balance to our damaged landscape. If you love wildflowers, wild places, gorgeous photos, or Iowa's land, you will be "Enchanted by Prairie."