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Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Private Journey Public Lands


David Muench continues his lifelong exploration of our connection to the national parks and the wilderness within them


Our national parks often bring to mind icons of the American landscape: Delicate Arch in Arches, El Capitan in Yosemite, or Mount McKinley in Denali. These and many other locations found within the country's national parks not only are emblematic of the United States' natural beauty, but also are an important part of its history.

In his latest book, Our National Parks (Graphic Arts Books, 2005; ISBN: 1-55868-918-4), David Muench explores our connection to the parks and the wilderness within them. Although the book contains many of the famous and beautiful vistas that draw visitors in the thousands from all over the world, it's Muench's intention to do more than glorify these locales as tourist destinations. Instead, the master photographer hopes to reveal the importance of our connection to America's wild lands.

"Within these parks, there's wilderness where life and the natural process can occur without human interference," says Muench. "Birth, death, renewal. These are places where humans aren't affecting nature. Instead, the national parks offer us the opportunity to learn what it, nature, is all about."


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