The Elemental Prairie: Sixty Tallgrass Plants George Olson

ISBN: 9780877459422

Published: June 15th 2005


104 pages


The Elemental Prairie: Sixty Tallgrass Plants  by  George Olson

The Elemental Prairie: Sixty Tallgrass Plants by George Olson
June 15th 2005 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 104 pages | ISBN: 9780877459422 | 4.79 Mb

Elemental is the perfect word to describe George Olsons watercolor drawings of the plants of the tallgrass prairie. Delicately precise yet filled with vigor and color, they present the prairie in its individual elements and--taken as a group that celebrates the hues and textures of tallgrass wildflowers and grasses--in its seasonal abundance. In The Elemental Prairie, the combination of George Olsons luminous drawings and John Madsons eloquent essay The Running Country encourages us to look at the prairie world with newly appreciative eyes.

For some years Olson has focused almost exclusively on the grasses and wildflowers of the North American prairie, meticulously reproducing their elemental structures and colors while--proving once again that art can both imitate and enhance nature--emphasizing their magical loveliness. By painting certain species in their winter and summer plumages, he reveals the plants stark wintry framework as well as their more glorious warm-weather beauty. The Elemental Prairie presents sixty glowing images of tallgrass plants, from the familiar purple coneflower and black-eyed susan to the less-often-seen rattlesnake master and compass plant.

Together Olson and Madson, two dedicated prairie restorationists, one using images and the other using words, create a living prairie in all its brilliance.

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