Marshes: the disappearing Edens.

Marshes: the disappearing Edens. William Burt.
Marshes: the disappearing Edens.

New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007. Octavo, publisher's cloth, colour photographs.

In this breathtakingly lovely book, Burt selects ninety of his most striking photographs. He also offers his reflections on the marshes he has visited, inviting his readers to come with him and become acquainted with this hidden world, its richness, and its vulnerability. Burt explores marshes near and far, from Connecticut to Manitoba, the Gulf of Mexico, California's Central Valley, the Northern Plains, and elsewhere. His photographs explore all aspects and seasons of marsh life, but focus especially on such shy inhabitants as Rails, Bitterns, Grebes, and Gallinules. While the photographs tell stories of their own, Burt's narrative invokes the marshes of the past and compares them to today's, with prose as picturesharp as the photography.

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