Michelle brought her work home with her Monday night. I couldn’t have been happier!
Her work right now centers around promoting our neighbor, friend, and employer, Joe Ordóñez’s (Ordonez, in case the proper letters freak out on your browser) new book, Where Eagles Gather: The Story of the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Haines, Alaska. Joe just returned to Haines with a new bus for his tour outfit, crammed to the ceiling with copies of the book.
And, what a book! Ever since we first met, I knew Joe to be an expert photographer. Even so, I was not prepared for the photos in this book! I particularly love the wildlife photography, especially a shot of a silver tipped wolf that gives me chills.
I first learned about the book on the day Joe rafted us on the river complex that this book addresses in its text (see All Good Gifts). Joe covers everything related to the Kelsall, Chilkat, Klehini and Tsirku Rivers that comprise the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve: geology, geography, history, politics, and culture. He makes a strong case for preserving the region’s natural systems against encroaching development.
In Haines, Joe will read from and sign copies of Where Eagles Gather as part of our town’s First Friday celebration this month, taking place tonight. If you’re in town, I recommend you go have a look. If the jaw-dropping photos don’t capture you, the text will!
If you can’t make it to Haines, follow the book link above and see some sample images.
The book’s going “live” just in time for the annual Bald Eagle Festival, November 9th–15th. Joe will be one of the speakers this year at an event that draws people from all over the world. I predict Where Eagles Gather will be this year’s take away souvenier from the celebration.