Laura Cunningham
State of Change, A: Forgotten Landscapes of California
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State of Change, A: Forgotten Landscapes of California Laura Cunningham Vernal pools, protected lagoons, grassy hills rich in bunchgrasses and,where the San Francisco Bay is today, ancient bison and mammoths roaming a vast grassland Through the use of historical ecology, Laura Cunningham walks through these forgotten landscapes to uncover secrets about the past, explore what our future will hold, and experience the ever changing landscape ofVernal pools, protected lagoons, grassy hills rich in bunchgrasses and,where the San Francisco Bay is today, ancient bison and mammoths roaming a vast grassland Through the use of historical ecology, Laura Cunningham walks through these forgotten landscapes to uncover secrets about the past, explore what our future will hold, and experience the ever changing landscape of California Combining the skill of an accomplished artist with a passion for landscapes and training as a naturalist, Cunningham has spent over two decades pouring over historical accounts, paleontology findings, and archaeological data Traveling with paintbox in hand, she tracked the remaining vestiges of semi pristine landscape like a detective, seeking clues that revealed the California of past centuries She traveled to other regions as well, to sketch grizzly bears, wolves, and other magnificent creatures that are gone from California landscapes In her studio, Cunningham created paintings of vast landscapes and wildlife from the raw data she had collected, observations in the wild, and knowledge of ecological laws and processes.Through A State of Change, readers are given the pure pleasure of wandering through these wondrous and seemingly exotic scenes of Old California and understanding the possibilities for both change and conservation in our present day landscape A State of Change is as vital as it is visionary.. State of Change A Forgotten Landscapes of California Vernal pools protected lagoons grassy hills rich in bunchgrasses and where the San Francisco Bay is today ancient bison and mammoths roaming a vast grassland Through the use of historical ecology
  • Title: State of Change, A: Forgotten Landscapes of California
  • Author: Laura Cunningham
  • ISBN: 9781597141369
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Hardcover
  • State of Change, A: Forgotten Landscapes of California Laura Cunningham

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    1. Ken-ichi says:

      Truly an outstanding book that every Californian, certainly everyone in the Bay Area, should read Cunningham s rich drawings and paintings evoke pre contact California in a way that I ve never seen before, largely because I ve never seen anyone try Most historical ecology is strictly prose a form Cunningham also handles with elegance and precision , but to see our familiar landscapes denuded of houses and replete with bears is another thing entirely There may not be another person alive who comb [...]

    2. Lisa Vegan says:

      I was so excited when this book came to my attention, but I d thought it was primarily an art book with some text but it s really the other way around.This book is an art book, about nature, natural history, human history, and is also autobiographical I live in California and so recognized so many of the places.As I turned so very many of the pages there was a wonderful feast for my eyes Just lovely I love little pictures of plants animals and the pictures charts with multiple examples and time [...]

    3. Joshua Buhs says:

      Brilliant engagement of creative, labile artist s mind with history and natural history.Cunningham reconstructs portions of California from deep prehistory to the early nineteenth century there are detailed, but mostly fluid essays sometimes, to be fair, rounded out with Bartlett s style quotations The order here is episodic, or fugue like, veering from an introduction to a chapter on bears, and various chapters on particular landscapes interspersed with others It works, though.What really sell [...]

    4. Stuart says:

      A unique and compelling book about the land and history of CA In the tradition of the great 19th century naturalists, the author is both an able scientist and a fine artist Her paintings and field notes make this a very accessible book for the non scientist, but at the same time it is a serious and important work of historical ecology I ll admit that I skimmed over some of the details, like the exhaustive chapter on native grasses, but I plan to go back when it s time to redo my front yard.

    5. Bettina Cohen says:

      Recommended as a reference book for anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of California and its landscapes, wildlife, rivers, marshes, grasslands, mighty oaks, and cycles of life The sketches and artwork are exquisite, but this is than a coffee table book with great art First person narrative adds a liveliness to the text, as the reader accompanies author and artist Laura Cunningham on her quest for clues to California s past.

    6. John says:

      Really interesting and in depth look at the ecology of California prior to colonization Grizzlies swarmed the Napa valley, the San Joaquin valley was occupied by the largest fresh water lake west of the Mississippi Native grasses burned Riparian woodlands stretched out miles from the Sacramento and American Rivers San Bernardino was covered in vernal pools instead of abandoned houses.

    7. Thomas Burchfield says:

      The first book I stopped at was, amazingly, A State of Change Forgotten Landscapes of California Heyday with original art and text by Laura Cunningham, an exhilarating fusion of science, soul, and an artist s imagination Read the read of my review of this great book at my website tbdeluxe 2011 10 Thanks,Thomas

    8. frank ciccarelli says:

      This book was written by the sister of a friend, Margo Cunningham I don t know how long it took her sister Laura to write it but I figure it will take me about 30 years to read it it covers flora, fauna, history, geology, paleo landscapes, biology, botany, painting c c It is, well, kind of amazing

    9. Mary says:

      This is a great book A natural history of California informed by several decades of astute observation as well as acadmic training and illustrated with the author s paintings of historical landscapes based on those observations A life s work.

    10. Telyn says:

      A beautifully and lavishly illustrated imagining of California before tract homes and urban sprawl Cunningham s book is a pure delight and the next best thing to a time machine Highly recommended for anyone with a passion for California s history, pre history, or natural history.

    11. Jennifer Funk says:

      Beautiful and heartbreaking.

    12. Sarah Sammis says:

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    13. Steven Monrad says:

      Incredible original art, theme is views and descriptions with details of species before and after civilization ours

    14. Mills College Library says:

      508.794 C9735 2010

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