A California Bestiary

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Heyday Books, 2010 - Art - 47 pages
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This volume examines a sampling of the various animals that are unique to the ecosystems within the state of California. The authors touch on the differing challenges that have faced the species over time, from overhunting to encroaching human development, and detail how some species have been able to adapt and rebound while others numbers continue to dwindle. Presented in the tradition of illuminated medieval manuscripts, this work presents 12 literary and visual portraits of fauna native to California, from the extinct (California grizzly), to the emblematic (California condor), the ubiquitous (California ground squirrel), and the preciously obscure (mission blue butterfly).

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User Review  - nanajlove - LibraryThing

A quick and informative look at the various flora and fauna that are unique to the ecosystems within the state of California. The authors touch on the differing challenges that have faced the species ... Read full review

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User Review  - dk_phoenix - LibraryThing

A short, fascinating book that reads like the bestiaries of old! Solnit & Caron were inspired by medieval bestiaries, and wanted to re-create that sense of wonder about various animals from each of ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Rebecca Solnit writes extensively on photography and landscape. She is a contributing editor to Art Issues and Creative Camera and is the author of three books. She has contributed essays to several museum catalogues including Crimes and Splendors: The Desert Cantos of Richard Misrach and the Whitney Museum's Beat Culture and the New America. She was a 1993 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

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