Mountain Light

Author: Galen Rowell
Publisher: Counterpoint
ISBN: 1578051924
Release Date: 2011-10-11
Genre: Photography

No photographer was more deeply engaged with the transformative interaction of light and landscape than Galen Rowell. The preeminent outdoor photographer of his time, he spent his career chasing magic light in the high places of the planet. Into this landmark volume he poured all his insights gleaned from those adventures, assembling galleries of his most memorable images to illustrate them. The photographs are arranged in eight exhibits according to the many qualities of light found in mountain environments. Rowell also shares the stories that went into their creation—what he was after and how he achieved it, from preparation and "previsualizing" to the physical challenges of being in the right place at exactly the right time. In addition to explaining how he worked with optical phenomena and natural light, the book traces his development as a photographer—in terms of both philosophy and technique—and recounts his adventures in some of the most remote, dangerous, and beautiful places on Earth. A generation of photographers has learned from the experience, craft, and vision that Rowell passed on in this book, as will future generations. And all who respond to dynamic outdoor imagery will continue to marvel at his achievements. The acclaimed landscape photographer David Muench contributes an illuminating foreword to this new edition.

Earth and Space

Author: Nirmala Nataraj
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9781452146058
Release Date: 2015-10-13
Genre: Photography

Take a tour of the universe with this breathtaking collection of photographs from the archives of NASA. Astonishing images of Earth from above, the phenomena of our solar system, and the celestial bodies of deep space will captivate readers and photography lovers with an interest in science, astronomy, and the great beyond. Each extraordinary photograph from the legendary space agency is paired with explanatory text that contextualizes its place in the cosmic ballet of planets, stars, dust, and matter—from Earth's limb to solar flares, the Jellyfish Nebula to Pandora's Cluster. Featuring a preface by Bill Nye, this engaging ebook offers up-close views of our remarkable cosmos, and sparks wonder at the marvels of Earth and space.

The Planets

Author: Nirmala Nataraj
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9781452160467
Release Date: 2017-11-07
Genre: Photography

This magnificent volume offers a rich visual tour of the planets in our solar system. More than 200 breathtaking photographs from the archives of NASA are paired with extended captions detailing the science behind some of our cosmic neighborhood's most extraordinary phenomena. Images of newly discovered areas of Jupiter, fiery volcanoes on Venus, and many more reveal the astronomical marvels of space in engrossing detail. Anyone with an interest in science, astronomy, and the mysteries of the universe will delight in this awe-inspiring guide to the wonders of the solar system.

The Great Outdoors A User s Guide

Author: Brendan Leonard
Publisher: Artisan Books
ISBN: 9781579657826
Release Date: 2017-03-21
Genre: Sports & Recreation

“Leonard’s durable tome (seriously, the cover is rubber) is stuffed with so many tips about surviving in the wild, you’ll be able to leave your smartphone behind.” —Entertainment Weekly, Best New Books This easy introduction to outdoor life will ensure that even a novice won’t get lost in the woods while finding an activity he loves to do in the great outdoors--whether it’s hiking a 14er or camping on ice. With 400 strategies for engaging in the outdoors, and expert tips and tricks, The Great Outdoors: A User’s Guide makes Mother Nature easier to understand than ever before. Brendan Leonard, writer, filmmaker, and outdoor adventurer, shows the reader how rewarding it can be to live life away from the computer and get outside. From mountain climbing, to skiing, sledding, and sailing, Leonard shows that you don’t need to be a risk taker to enjoy the outdoors. And if the reader does find himself at the point of man vs. nature, Leonard shares survival skills from how to bandage a wound and read a topographical map, to how to drive on sand and remove a tick from your skin—all organized thematically and written in short takeaway entries with helpful line drawings. Bound in a uniquely rugged (and waterproof!) PVC cover material, The Great Outdoors: A User’s Guide is a friendly way into the outdoor lifestyle, whether you're looking to dabble or go all in.

50 Best Short Hikes San Diego

Author: Jerry Schad
Publisher: Wilderness Press
ISBN: 9780899976303
Release Date: 2011-10-11
Genre: Travel

50 Best Short Hikes: San Diego is the first book in a new version of a series Wilderness Press initially launched in the 1990s. This 50 Best title sports a fresh, modern design while maintaining the original concept: It's a guidebook for busy outdoor lovers who want beautiful hikes to experience in limited spurts of time. With all of its trail distances tallying only 1 to 8 miles, 50 Best Short Hikes: San Diego showcases routes that can be completed in just an hour, a morning, or an afternoon. But these capsule distances are anything but dull or monotonous. Instead, myriad terrains beckon within these pages. Some trails wind along the coast, others weave through the canyons, and still others ascend mountains or meander into forests. Because of the attainable distances and the diverse land- and seascapes presented here, 50 Best Short Hikes: San Diego also appeals to hikers with physical limitations and to families with small children. All readers will appreciate the wealth of information about each trail area's varied history, geology, and amenities. As a longtime resident of San Diego and an avid outdoorsman, the author shares his favorite panoramas and pocket nirvanas in this Southern California region. He knows the nooks and crannies of his destinations, and he corrals them into this easy-to-follow, practical-to-use book. He divides San Diego into 5 micro-regions, with an overview map of the entire area. Then each individual entry includes a detailed map, directions to the trailhead, an at-a-glance info box, and personably written descriptive text. Design, information, and the author's writing style make this a compelling resource for local residents, and a keepsake for visitors.

Tucson Impressions

Author: James Randklev
Publisher: Farcountry Press
ISBN: 9781560373445
Release Date: 2005-12-30
Genre: Photography

With images ranging from the sweeping Sonoran Desert studded with the saguaro cactus to the ornate Santa Cruz Catholic Church to the contemporary Rattlesnake Bridge, award-winning photographer James Randklev takes you on a photographic journey through the cityscapes and countryside of Tucson, one of the nation's oldest cities. A master landscape photographer, Randklev captures rich color images of Tucson, old and new, including the sun-washed Historico Barrio, the Old Tucson Studios, the Arivaipa Canyon Wilderness, and desert flora.

The Man Who Built the Sierra Club

Author: Robert Wyss
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231541312
Release Date: 2016-06-07
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

David Brower (1912–2000) was a central figure in the modern environmental movement. His leadership, vision, and elegant conception of the wilderness forever changed how we approach nature. In many ways he was a twentieth-century Thoreau. Brower transformed the Sierra Club into a national force that challenged and stopped federally sponsored projects that would have dammed the Grand Canyon and destroyed hundreds of millions of acres of our nation’s wilderness. To admirers, he was tireless, passionate, visionary, and unyielding. To opponents and even some supporters, he was contentious and polarizing. As a young man growing up in Berkeley, California, Brower proved himself a fearless climber of the Sierra Nevada’s dangerous peaks. After serving in the U.S. Army’s famed WWII Mountain Division, he joined the Sierra Club and quickly became its executive director. For nearly two decades, Brower led successful efforts to save crucial rivers in the West and millions of acres of wilderness, but in order to block two dams at the Dinosaur National Monument, he compromised on the building of Utah’s Glen Canyon Dam—a loss of wilderness that haunted him until his death. This uncompromising biography explores every facet of Brower’s time as leader of the Sierra Club and steward of the modern environmental movement. His style inspired many but bordered on reckless. His passionate advocacy destroyed lifelong friendships and at times threatened his goals. Married for fifty-six years, Brower jeopardized everything to engage in affairs with other men. Yet his achievements remain some of the most important triumphs of the conservation movement. What emerges from this unique portrait is a rich and robust profile of a leader who took up the work of John Muir and, along with Rachel Carson, made environmentalism the cause of our time.

Wildlife Spectacles

Author: Vladimir Dinets
Publisher: Timber Press
ISBN: 9781604697759
Release Date: 2016-10-19
Genre: Nature

Equal parts nature guide, adventure story, and coffee table book! People are captivated by wild animals—by their strength and their size and by the things they do to stay alive. In Wildlife Spectacles zoologist Vladimir Dinets dives deep into this wonder, allowing curious readers to discover just how spectacular wild animals can be. In the rich, fully illustrated pages you’ll discover the migration of gray whales along the Pacific coast, the dancing alligators of the Everglades, the synchronized blinking of fireflies near Tennessee, the swarms of feeding bats over the Mississippi River, the blue-glowing scorpions of the Southwest desert, hundreds of wintering tundra swans in New Jersey, and much more.

Karina Garcia s Next Level DIY Slime

Author: Karina Garcia
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781499808605
Release Date: 2018-05-22
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Create the most mind-blowing slimes at home with these 15 all-new, super-fun, borax-free recipes from YouTube sensation Karina Garcia. In her follow-up to the bestselling Karina Garcia's DIY Slime, Karina provides recipes with new and mesmerizing scents, textures, and shine. From Mermaid Dream Fishbowl Slime to Teddy Bear Slime, you'll love creating these amazing slimes for you, your family, and friends. This full-color book contains easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for: Holographic, Super Gloss, Ultra Crunch, Color Changing, Instant Clear, Slushee, Butter, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Cloud, Candle, Jam, Highlighter, Cereal, Fishbowl, and the Thickest of All slime-with crazy, cool modifications! Plus, Karina shares personal tips on removing slime from clothing, keeping slime fresh, and becoming a professional slimer. You'll become a slime master with this master-slimer advice. All recipes are borax-free. Perfect for birthdays, rainy days, and fun days, this is a must-have title for Karina Garcia's over 7 million fans and all crafters ages 10 and up.

Hot Guys and Baby Animals

Author: Audrey Khuner
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN: 9781449407902
Release Date: 2011-11-08
Genre: Humor

Published to benefit the SPCA, a lighthearted treasury by the creators of the Hot Guys and Baby Animals Wall Calendar features photographs of attractive, often shirtless male models with adorable baby animals and is complemented by tongue-in-cheek captions about their likes and dislikes.

Goats of Anarchy

Author: Leanne Lauricella
Publisher: Rock Point
ISBN: 9781631064357
Release Date: 2017-03-15
Genre: Humor

Get ready to party—the goats are back in town! Based on the popular Instagram account, Goats of Anarchy takes you on a tour of Leanne’s goat rescue farm, a place where special-needs goats can heal, grow, and butt heads to their hearts’ content. Join Pocket, Ella, Chibs, Lyla, Prospect and Polly--the goat who took the Internet by storm with her adorable duck costume--as they rumble, snuggle, pig out, dress up, and even teach you a few goat yoga moves to loosen your haunches. Whether they’re learning to walk or just romping around the farm, these horned and hooved heartbreakers will have you grinning ear to ear as they chew the scenery—literally! When she left New York City for the wilds of New Jersey in 2011, Leanne Lauricella knew nothing about animal sanctuaries. She started her Instagram account, @goatsofanarchy, shortly after getting her first two goats, Jax and Opie. Today, Leanne’s Instagram has over 280,000 followers, and is the winner of the 2016 People’s Voice Webby Award for Animal-Based Social Media Account.

Wildflowers of Texas

Author: Michael Eason
Publisher: Timber Press
ISBN: 9781604696462
Release Date: 2018
Genre: Nature

A must-have guide for hikers, naturalists, gardeners, and anyone wishing to learn more about the diverse wildflowers of Texas.

Gouda Ideas Noteblock

Author: Chronicle Books
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 1452161267
Release Date: 2017-07-25
Genre: Cooking

Perfect for jotting down grocery lists, memos, and all kinds of gouda ideas, this extra-cheesy hunk of notepaper is a hilarious stocking stuffer and an excellent desktop reminder that, hey, it's all gouda.

303 Tricky Chess Tactics

Author: Fred Wilson
Publisher: Cardoza
ISBN: 1580423485
Release Date: 2017-07-18
Genre: Games

303 fascinating tactical chess problems are not only a fun challenge but a great training tool Both a fascinating challenge and great training tool, these tricky tactical problems are not only super fun to solve but great for beginners, advanced beginners, and intermediate players to use as tools to improve their game. Tactics are presented in order of difficulty so that players can advance from the simple to the complex positions. Examples from actual games illustrate a wide range of tactics from the straightforward moves right up to the tricky traps. Players learn to use pins, single and double forks, double attacks, skewers, discovered and double checks, multiple threat tactics–and other crushing tactics as part of their problem-solving challenges. Great stuff and fun too!