Haines, Alaska (PressExposure) April 21, 2007 -- "Alaska/Yukon/Arctic Light--Gifts of the Wild,â a new photo book by Kathleen M.K. Menke/Crystal Images of Haines, Alaska, will hit the streets April 25th, 2007. The book highlights wildlife in Denali National Park, the midnight sun in Arctic National wildlife refuge, and includes many images from Southeast Alaska and the Yukon. The theme is light in the far north and all that flows from itâfrom spring break-up, to greening grasses, emerging leaves and flower blooms, and the wild spirits nurtured by the lightâs energy--including wolves, Dall sheep, bears, moose, caribou, snowshoe hares, porcupine, beaver, arctic ground squirrels, hoary marmots, humpback whales, and birds.
The book contains dramatic half-page and full-page images from Alaska, the Yukon, Denali National Park, Kluane World Heritage Site, Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and parts of British Columbia. The book is primarily a celebration of spring, but is rounded out with images from all seasons. Included also are glaciers, the northern lights, wildflowers of the arctic tundra, the midnight sun in the Arctic during summer solstice, and the light of people who live close to the land.
Menkeâs images have an emotional appeal. One can get to know the personalities of individual animals and their families through the close-up and personal glimpses of wildlife in this book. "These vivid images eloquently reflect the beauty of this luminous land. Kathleen's lens is a reverent portal," says Alaskan wildlife biologist and artist, Tim Shields.
"The light of the far north is unique and varied,â says Menke in the bookâs introduction. âThere are the soft-hued days and dark nights of winter, the bright, vigorous and long days of summer, and the transition periods of spring and autumn, when light is rapidly gained and lost. From dawn to dusk, from clear to stormy skies, from an autumn moon to a midnight sun, from the colors of the rainbow to the pulsing aurora, we embrace the light. Light's energy flows through all wild spirits. Life and light are inseparable. Light is what allows the snowshoe hare to jump, the beaver to build, and the raven to soar. Light reflects back to us in the eyes of a wild wolf."
âThis book has been a year in the making,â says Menke. âIt evolved out of a trip north from Haines last June, where I spent twelve consecutive days photographing in Denali National Park with a professional photographerâs permit, allowing me to drive my own vehicle into the Park. Near the end of June and during summer solstice I was based on the Jago and Aichilik Rivers in the Arctic coastal plain and foothills of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, experiencing the amazing light of the always changing and never-setting midnight sun on sun during that time period. Each new lengthening day of spring was a reminder of the role light plays in the wild landscape of the far north."
Images in the book are augmented by brief text, including quotes from Adolph Murieâs âA Naturalist in Alaskaâ and Koyukon culture from Richard K. Nelsonâs âMake Prayers to the Raven.â "I hope the book will inspire others to get out there and spend extended quiet time in Alaska and the Yukon, observing, listening, respecting and appreciating our wild life and wild lands," Menke adds. âIt is a perfect keepsake of Alaskaâs most treasured values and is an ideal gift item.â
Kathleen Marie Kennell Menke has been professionally photographing subjects that capture her interest and her heart for over twenty years. Her work has been published in numerous regional, national, and international publications.
Alaska/Yukon/Arctic Light is her second book. Her photo book, "Haines for All Seasons--Northern Exposures from Alaska Reflecting Our Bond to the Land and Each Other", featuring rural life, cultural tradition, wildlife, and scenery, published in 2005, has been a local and regional best-seller.
"Alaska/Yukon/Arctic Light", printed by InterPress Ltd., is 8.5" x 10", 80 pages with 175 full-color original photographs by Kathleen Menke, with quality printing on fine art paper, pages stitched, with a laminated perfect bound cover.
The books are available at book stores and gift shops and directly from the photographer at the bookâs website: www.akmk.com/ayal