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Hardcover Details
  • 12/2015
  • 978-0-9963119-0-8
  • 240 pages
  • $75
My Journey into the Wilds of Chicago: A Celebration of Chicagoland's Startling Natural Wonders
Mike MacDonald, author & photographer

Adult; Art & Photography; (Market)

In our fast-paced world of technology, where populations are becoming more urbanized and life is increasingly experienced on electronic screens, people are losing their connection to nature. Yet nature is all around us, especially if you live in the Chicago area. Unfortunately, few Chicagoans know it's there. In My Journey into the Wilds of Chicago, photographer and humorist Mike MacDonald takes you on a trip to Chicago's wild side—a verdant, untamed Chicago that has been there all along, just waiting to be explored. Combining breathtaking images and imaginative prose, MacDonald leads you on an adventure into wondrous, enchanted lands located just up the road from home, work, and school. From kaleidoscopic tallgrass prairies to the open canopies of rare oak savannas, from the free-flying expanse of the butterfly to the mysterious world of the coyote, startling photographs of a vast and scenic Chicago evoke astonishment and delight with every turn of the page. MacDonald's contagious enthusiasm and decades of comedy experience are channeled into inventive essays, captions, and poetry that engage the imagination and add richness to your journey. This inspirational volume invites readers to cross the threshold, to get off their couches and abandon their screens, to come out into nature and play.

Reviews
There is much to admire in MacDonald’s book filled with glorious, full-color photographs of Chicago’s woodlands, wetlands, and prairies, which he deems “a portal to the marvels of our natural world.” This impressive, cloth-bound debut is a lucid perspective on the prairie and its native plants and animals; it is celebratory, soulful, and poetic, evoking a strong affection for Chicago’s unchecked wilderness in a city best known for its iconic lakefront and skyscrapers. MacDonald’s images take readers to nearby forest preserves that show off the flatlands’ diversity of growth and distinct surfaces in stunning colors and pleasing composition: a yellow-flowering skunk cabbage beneath a burgundy speckled covering; shimmering ice sculptures and snow-covered, frosty foliage; and carpets of radiant flowers and tall grasses. MacDonald is highly knowledgeable about native and foreign or invasive species of plants: their smell, healing (or harmful) qualities, and how they interact with the soil. His ornate and thoughtful prose creates an easily grasped and truly memorable reflection on the relationship between humans and our natural “nonhuman neighbors,” and the inspiration we can draw from observing rivers, trees, plants and wildlife. Color photos. (BookLife)
News
02/08/2016
WBEZ Worldview Interviews MacDonald About New Book

Mike MacDonald is passionate about Chicago’s nature. He wants to share that passion and introduce others to the more than 350 square miles of natural areas within an hour of downtown Chicago. He’s spent more than two decades as a photographer in this area’s prairies, savannahs, and woodlands. His immersive style of landscape photography give a hyper-realistic view that takes you into the real wonders of our natural world. McDonald’s new book of photos is, “My Journey Into the Wilds of Chicago. ” It took five years to complete. He shares some of the region’s most secretly beautiful spots.

01/05/2016
WTTW Chicago Tonight Interviews MacDonald About New Book

Mike MacDonald expresses his passion for nature and photography in this TV interview.

Formats
Hardcover Details
  • 12/2015
  • 978-0-9963119-0-8
  • 240 pages
  • $75

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