The last undammed ninety-two miles of the Wisconsin river, from
Prairie du Sac to the Misssissippi, are featured. The book showcases
five landscapes which embody the beauty and controversy surrounding
this jeopardized part of Southwestern Wisconsin. Here in the only
unglaciated area of the Upper Midwest one sees primeval sloughs,
towering sandstone bluffs, upland woods and native prairies. Rural
farmscapes often compliment this primitive world while other human
activities sometimes degrade it.
To lend an air of timelessness to the black and white format, the
110 photographs were taken with two antique cameras -- a 1914 Kodak
Autographic for panoramic views and a 1940's era Rolleiflex twin
lens. The past is also recalled through a personal essay about my
twenty years photographing this stretch of river valley along with
quotations from celebrated area natives such as John Muir, Frederick
Jackson Turner, Aldo Leopold and Frank Lloyd Wright.