Features: 40 b&w photos. 5 maps. Notes. Bib. Index.
Although spare, sweeping landscapes may appear “empty,” plains and
prairies afford a rich, unique aesthetic experience—one of quiet
sunrises and dramatic storms, hidden treasures and abundant wildlife,
infinite horizons and omnipresent wind, all worthy of contemplation and
celebration. In this series of narratives, photographs, and hand-drawn
maps, Tyra Olstad blends scholarly research with first-hand observation
to explore topics such as wildness and wilderness, travel and tourism,
preservation and conservation, expectations and acceptance, and even
dreams and reality in the context of parks, prairies, and wild, open
places. In so doing, she invites readers to reconsider the meaning of
“emptiness” and ask larger, deeper questions such as: how do people
experience the world? How do we shape places and how do places shape us?
Above all, what does it mean to experience that exhilarating effect
known as Zen of the plains? more... about Zen of the Plains: Experiencing Wild Western Places