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Outdoor Photographer Holiday Book Guide - 2005

Every year in their December issue, Outdoor Photographer Magazine publishes their list of best photography books of 2004 in their holiday book guide. We've taken the liberty to reprint this list and a few of their comments on this page as a guide to some of the better photography books of the year. I have highlighted a few with the cover images but all of the books are recognized equally by the magazine.

Wildlife Books
  Pantanal: South America's Wetland Jewel by Theo Allofs
Situated in the upper Paraguay River Basin in the center of the South American continent lies one of our planet's most spectacular wetland systems, called the Pantanal. Stunning photographs of caiman, tropical birds and indigenous people, accompanied by text from scientists of Conservation International, detail the environment and the threats to its preservation.

Archipelago: Portraits of Life in the World's Most Remote Island Sanctuary by David Littschwager and Susan Middleton

Birds of Central Park by Cal Vornberger

Books on Africa
  On This Earth: Photographs from East Africa by Nick Brandt
The book's unique and original black-and-white images show East African wildlife and, in some cases, animals' reactions to the discovery of human artifacts. The photographs convey Brandt's respect for his animal subjects who, at times, seem to be posing for their portraits.

On Safari: The Source for Safaris in East and Southern Africa by David Anderson

Origins: African Wisdom for Every Day by Danielle and Oliver Follmi

Photographers' Journeys
  Extreme Nature: Images from the World's Edge by Bill Curtsinger
Through his amazing photography, Bill Curtsinger reveals elusive sea creatures in their natural habitat. The author narrates the book, reflecting on the challenges he has encountered photographing wildlife.

Destinations: A Photographer's Journey by Andre Gallant

Living With Wolves by Jim and Jamie Dutcher

Natural History Books
  Live! from Death Valley: Dispatches from America's Low Point by John Soennichsen
Author John Soennichsen gives a vivacious narration of the human and geological history of Death Valley. Intermixed with the historical accounts are fictional short stories and personal experiences set in America's mysterious desert.
Valley of the Dunes: Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve by Rob Rozinski and Wendy Shattil
Wildlife pros Rob Rozinski and Wendy Shattil provide an intimate look at a spectacular 150-mile stretch of the Rio Grande Rift System in Colorado. The book's many dramatic images include photos of the tallest sand dunes in North America.

Botanica by Howard Schatz

Firefly Encyclopedia of Trees edited by Steve Cafferty

Voices of the Land by Charles Lindsay

North Woods Journal: A Minnesota Nature Calendar by Ryan Marshik and Mark Sparky

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv

  Adirondack High: Images of America's First Wilderness photographs by Hardie Truesdale and text by Joanne Michaels
New York's Adirondack Park was the first national park created as a composite of public and private lands. This book includes photographs of the unmanned land and its landmarks and plant life. The captions provide brief histories of those landmarks and the place they share in American history
Colorado: Wild and Beautiful by Glenn Randall
A composition of thirty years' worth of images captured by Glenn Randall in the Colorado outdoors, the book pictures the mountainous state during all seasons, and the photographer provides captions describing what he went through to obtain the images.
  How to Photograph the Canadian Rockies and Dances with Light: The Canadian Rockies both by Darwin Wiggett
These two books are full of mesmerizing pictures taken in the Rocky Mountains; landforms, tourist activities and wildlife. The first is a small picket guide detailing specific locations and corresponding tips for shooting in those locations.
Canada by Mike Grandmaison with text by Shelagh Rogers
This book captures the extensive natural beauty within the borders of Canada. The images acquaint the reader with the Canadian wilderness in every season and setting, from rain forests to prairies to icebergs to mountain ranges.

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