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In a book that is both art and activism, award-winning conservation photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter take readers on a stunning tour of California’s wildflowers. From the super blooms of the Tehachapi Mountains to the monkey-flowers of Yosemite, the 12 x 12” coffee table book features 190 portrait and landscape images alongside 16 thought-provoking short stories. Authors include Jose Gonzalez of Latino Outdoors, Robin Wall Kimmerer (Braiding Sweet Grass), Mary Ellen Hannibal (Citizen Science), and other leading voices in today’s environmental movement. Experience for yourself why Nina Simons, author and founder of Bioneers, calls this book “potent medicine for our souls.”
About the Author
Internationally acclaimed photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter have been life partners and creative collaborators for more than three decades. Their work has been featured in Time, Mother Jones, Sierra magazine , the New York Times, the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Times. In 1992, they discovered and fell in love with California's spectacular wildflower blooms in the Mojave Desert's Antelope Valley California Poppy Preserve. This inspired the 27-year journey photographing wildflowers throughout the West and, in 2011, their documentary art project, Beauty and the Beast: Wildflowers and Climate Change, a project sponsored by Blue Earth Alliance. In 2016, they created their first joint exhibit on California's wildflowers. The beautiful book, published in conjunction with the California Native Plant Society, is a companion to their traveling exhibit.
This exquisite book celebrates California’s native wildflowers for what they are: works of art,
honed over millennia, with the same right to exist as everything else. The first step toward
conservation is education, and the respectful work presented here is a fine start. In the end, it
boils down to this: how diminished our world would be without flowering plants, and how foolish
we all would be to allow even a single one to slip away. After all, when we save other species,
we’re actually saving ourselves. —Joel Sartore, National Geographic photographer and founder
of the Photo Ark
Our only long-term hope is to live in harmony with the natural world that sustains us. There
simply is no other option. If the beauty and wisdom documented in this extraordinary book do
not inspire us and guide us to find new ways to do this, nothing will! —Doug Tallamy, professor
of entomology, University of Delaware, and author of Bring Nature Home
Beauty and the Beast arrives as potent medicine for our souls. Marrying art and science while
lifting a chorus of diverse voices, this beautiful book will inspire and move you toward greater action on behalf of life itself. As we face climate and extinction crises, this book will buoy your
heart and offer an updraft under your wings. —Nina Simons, author and cofounder of Bioneers
Nita and Rob’s portrait of California’s wondrous plant diversity is gorgeous and eye opening.
This book will encourage love for this planet’s magnificent and diverse living species and a
desire to fight to save life on Earth. —Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for
This book brings the beauty and awe of California’s diverse natural landscapes into our homes
and inspires us to play a role in caring for these magical places. Together, one step at a time,
we can meet the pace and scale of the challenges of our changing environment. We can all
have hope. We can all take action. —Sharon Farrell, executive vice president, projects,
stewardship, and science, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Rob and Nita’s passion for the flowered world allows us to look more closely see more deeply into the beauty of the lands we walk. --- Terry Tempest Williams, author, conservationist, activist
Dear Nita Winter and Rob Badger -
THANK YOU for the gift of your art. Antelope Valley (page 2-3) took my breath away. Lake
County (page 4-5) brought tears to my eyes. I moaned out loud when I saw the Wrapped Iris.
Just amazing. You have made the world a better place. Most sincerely, Maggie C
“OMG...your book is a masterpiece. First I cried at the beauty of the flowers, then I felt kinship
with the stories...especially Wendy Tokuda’s description of broom pulling. My sediments
exactly, only expressed better than I could hope to. This book belongs in every school, library, and home. Pat Williams, a retired fire captain and one of the West Point Inn Innkeepers: