Category: Book Reviews

National Geographic’s “Rarely Seen: Photographs of The Extraordinary”

National Geographic’s “Rarely Seen: Photographs of The Extraordinary”

Ask any reader of National Geographic magazine “Why do you subscribe?” and you’ll be told “It’s the photos, stupid!”

Although the magazine features some of the best-written stories about people and places you’ll find in any periodical, it has always been the photos used to illustrate the stories that has set off “NG” from other monthly publications.

An unexpected re-routing of a weekly hike that a local group that I recently joined does every Friday led me to discover yet more evidence of the preeminence of National Geographic photographers.

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“See America” Illustrates America’s National Parks

“See America” Illustrates America’s National Parks

In August, the U.S. National Park Service celebrated its 100th year protecting the parks and helping park visitors enjoy the country’s scenic and cultural wonders.

Since summer vacations have come and gone for the year, thoughts of trips to those parks made this year may already be fading from memories of those who enjoyed what the writer, Wallace Stegner, and documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, have called “America’s best idea.”

But this post-Labor Day, pre-Thanksgiving period is an excellent time to be conjuring up a 2017 national park visit.

And a good way to visualize that next trip is by reading See America: A Celebration of Our National Parks & Treasured Sites.

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