Vista Nieve: The Remarkable, True Adventures of an Early Twentieth-century Naturalist and His Family in Colombia, South America

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Blue Mantle Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 312 pages
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Vista Nieve is the story of two American families whose dreams led them to the lofty Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains in northern Colombia at the turn of the twentieth century. Professor Melbourne R. Carriker tells the story of his maternal grandparents, Orlando & Eva Flye, who after many failed attempts became successful coffee plantation owners. Carriker also recounts the significant contributions of his father -- ornithologist-entomologist-naturalist of tropical America - Melborne A. Carriker, Jr. -- to the collections of the Carnegie Museum & the Smithsonian Institution. Fondly remembered is his mother, Carmela Flye Carriker, whose tireless spirit benefited these collecting efforts as well as the establishment of their own coffee plantation, Vista Nieve. Vista Nieve is a heartwarming account of the adventures, mishaps & romances of courageous, real people who faced undeterminable odds to see their dreams to fruition. Readers will marvel at the often incredible, sometimes humorous adventures of a tropical bird scientist & his family. The characters will remain etched in the hearts & minds of readers & be remembered with great fondness, respect & admiration well beyond the last page. See www.bluemantle.net.

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