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“Meticulously documented repeat photographs provide the context that helps us understand our beautiful and challenged mountain landscape.”–Peter Z. Fulé, Regents Professor of Forestry, Northern Arizona University
In this eye-catching visual essay celebrating the San Francisco Peaks and Flagstaff, watch more than 150 years unfold in over one hundred historical photographs and drawings precisely paired with their modern-day counterparts.
Ecologist, educator, and writer John L. Vankat reveals the telling details that bring the past alive. The result is an invitation to time-travel, appealing to anyone interested in nature, culture, or history.
Here in these striking landscapes at the apex of Arizona, humans have altered much of the natural environment, but the storied San Francisco Peaks remain a touchstone of beauty and emotion. Vankat gives us a chance to see and celebrate this special place as it was, to understand it today—and to consider what its past and present say about the future of the American West.
“Engaging, historically revealing, and scientifically sound, this book sets the standard for documenting long-term regional landscape changes.” –William Wallace Covington, Emeritus Founding Executive Director of the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University
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“The historic photographs and illustrations are well-presented and the author’s meticulous, accurate eye when composing repeat images clearly shows ecological and cultural changes around the San Francisco Peaks. This is a fascinating compilation that will educate and interest readers and a valuable addition to publications that address regional history.” –Susan Deaver Olberding, Flagstaff historian and author
“Reading The San Francisco Peaks and Flagstaff Through the Lens of Time is like time-traveling with the author across more than 150 years of environmental change. John’s deep-dwelling respect for photographic and historical precision and his knack for storytelling combine in this unique ‘then and now’ journey. We can’t help but wonder: in another 150 years (2172!) if someone repeats John’s photographs, what will the pictures show?” –Karen and Dave Washabau, longtime enthusiasts of Flagstaff’s outdoor treasures
“If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this richly illustrated volume of repeat photographs is positively priceless. John Vankat has documented the ecological changes of Flagstaff by gathering striking historical photographs of the area and painstakingly identifying their photopoints. He then rephotographed the scenes, sometimes from perilous locations such as the sloped roof of a century-old building. The result is an engrossing page-turner that will appeal to anyone who has passed through this forested mountain town.” –Kevin Schindler, historian and public information officer, Lowell Observatory
“Dr. Vankat and I met in 2018, when he shared several repeat photographs of the greater San Francisco Peaks area. The San Francisco Peaks area is an important geological, ecological, and cultural landmark on the Colorado Plateau. The scope and quality of Dr. Vankat’s work immediately impressed me in terms of his research and the accuracy of his fieldwork. As one will see, the final product of his research and fieldwork is impressive in quality and extent. Dr. Vankat uses three images for each camera station—the original (black-and-white), a repeat black-and-white, and a repeat color image. This triptych-approach enables the reader to observe change over time (and formats) for the subject of each image. This book will appeal to a broad audience ranging from scientists and scholars to the general public.”
–Peter Runge, Head, Special Collections and Archives, Cline Library, Northern Arizona University
“John Vankat´s meticulously documented repeat photographs show the changes and the continuities over the century and a half since photography arrived in northern Arizona. Historic photographs are time capsules of culture, technology, and ecology. Their transitions to modern images reveal the links that led to our current environment, providing the context that helps us understand our beautiful and challenged mountain landscape.” –Peter Z. Fulé, Regents Professor and Charles O. and Mary Minor Professor of Forestry, School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University
“John Vankat has produced a book that captures the landscapes surrounding the San Francisco Peaks like no other effort. … His repeat photography project included a major effort in hiking and seeking out exact perspectives. John’s project captures historical viewsheds and preserves a unique historical element of the geography of Flagstaff and the San Francisco Peaks.” –J.R. Murray, longtime Flagstaff resident and member of the Fort Valley Plan Committee
“This book’s side-by-side photographs tell a fascinating story about the history of Flagstaff and surrounding area and the changes that have occurred over the years. Required reading for anyone interested in local history.” –Charles Babbitt, third-generation Arizonan and past president of the Maricopa Audubon Society
“John Vankat has captured the history of northern Arizona in combination with fascinating photo comparisons, in a way that makes this book an essential addition to the coffee-table collection. I spent a number of years as a Coconino County Supervisor for the area from Flagstaff north to the Utah border and can attest to his precise research combined with a genuine affection for the region. I strongly recommend his book to those having an interest in this, the most beautiful part of our country!” –Carl Taylor, former Coconino County Supervisor
This book is for anyone who wants to understand the effects of time and development in America’s southwestern forests. Buy yours today!
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