The Nature of Kansas Lands
Sales Date: October 14, 2008
96 Pages, 11.00 x 8.50 in
- Published: October 2008
A Kansas Notable Book
Heading west on I-70 through Kansas, travelers can experience surprising changes as eastern deciduous forests give way first to tallgrass, then shortgrass prairie interspersed with canyonlands. But beyond the highway there’s even more to discover: picturesque farms, river valleys, and gypsum bluffs that make the Sunflower State a natural wonderland boasting expansive beauty and rich biological diversity.
This book testifies to Kansas’s natural abundance through spectacular color photography and sumptuous prose. Sponsored by the Kansas Land Trust, The Nature of Kansas Lands focuses on the world of nature that awaits us just beyond our fences: waterways, woodlands, grasslands, farmlands, and high plains. It’s been carefully crafted to encourage residents and visitors alike to explore backcountry roads, learn more about native flora and wildlife, and generally open their eyes to the state’s wild beauty and ecological complexity.
Turn the pages of this book and you’ll immediately be struck by 46 stunning color landscapes by Edward Robison, capturing scenes as serene as a wetlands fog or a night star hanging over the prairie—or as dramatic as a threatening storm. Meanwhile, more than two dozen wildlife close-ups by Kyle Gerstner bring you face-to-face with prairie chickens and bison, red-tailed hawks and collared lizards.
Seventeen evocative essays by Elizabeth Schultz lead you on forays into Kansas’s diverse landscapes, interpreting not only the nature of the land but also the nature found on it. Sidebars by biologist Kelly Kindscher complement Schultz’s impressionism with a bevy of facts about wildlife and weather, forests and farming.
This gorgeous book reveals a side of life in Kansas that beckons us to explore, enjoy, and learn more about the state’s rich natural heritage.
"This beautifully illustrated ‘coffee table’ book, which any true Kansan will be proud to own and display, draws on the historical/environmental, literary, and scientific expertise of four outstanding scholars—Donald Worster, Elizabeth Schultz, and Kelly Kindscher, as well as the editor, Beverly Worster—and the exceptional artistic skills of photographers Edward Robison and Kyle Gerstner. The Nature of Kansas Lands contains dozens of color photographs of the landscape in all seasons and all its subtle diversity and varied Kansas wildlife, up close and personal."—Kansas History
"A gentle and lovely reminder of less-noticed and -remarked landscapes. . . . In sections devoted to waterways, woodlands, grasslands, farmlands, and high plains, we see the photographs of noted nature photographers Kyle Gerstner and Edward C. Robison III, and read brief essays by poet and writer Elizabeth Schultz recounting her experiences on the land, and a sprinkling of facts, observations, and statistics compiled by biologist Kelly Kindscher. . . . A very satisfying ... portrayal of the homely beauty at hand throughout the West."—Bloomsbury Review
"A gorgeous collection of photographs, essays, and facts about the varied ecosystems of our fair state. . . . Lavish color photographs . . . are the real stars: Close-ups and long views, with sumptuous color and rich detail, they present a range of the striking beauty and abundance found across the state."—Wichita Eagle
“These wonderful essays, photographs, and naturalist’s facts reveal a side of life in this state that we need to spend more time exploring. The book should open our minds and senses to the world that lies just beyond our fence lines.”—Donald Worster, author of A River Running West
“An engaging book that combines lyrical and evocative prose pieces with handsome photography.”—Elizabeth Dodd, author of Prospect: Journeys and Landscapes
“The photographs are terrific and show Kansas in new ways.”—Rex Buchanan, coauthor of Roadside Kansas
List of Photographs
Pond, Jefferson County
River, Douglas County
Creeks, Jefferson County
Wetlands, Douglas County
Nature Trail, Shawnee County
Dry Creek Bed, Douglas County
Prairie's Edge, Greenwood County
Prairie Meadow, Geary County
Ranchland, Morris County
Flint Hills, Chase County
Harvest, North Central Kansas
Abandoned Farm, Doniphan County
Fields and Hills, Anderson County
Fields, Pottawatomie County
Lake Scott and Monument Rocks, Scott and Gove Counties
Scenic Drives, Barber and Clark Counties
Cimarron National Grasslands, Morton County