The Wild Edge
This book is about a new way of looking at the world.
— From the introductory essay by Bruce Barcott
The Wild Edge: Freedom to Roam the Pacific Coast, by photographer Florian Schulz (Braided River Books). Introductory essay by Bruce Barcott, epilogue by Philippe Cousteau.
From Baja California’s lagoons to the kelp forests off the Channel Islands, through the inlets of the Salish Sea, and into the Arctic waters where polar bears swim, the west coast of North America boasts a remarkable mosaic of landscapes, habitats and creatures where land meets sea.
Join Florian Schulz on an epic photographic journey from Baja California to the Beaufort Sea. Along the way, you’ll see gray whales, manta rays, flocks of sea birds, spirit bears and so much more. Come to enjoy the beauty, and see how this remarkable ecosystem is connected from the depths of the ocean to the tops of ancient trees.
From the introductory essay:
For too long we've defined it only in parts: three nations and dozens of First Nations and Native American sovereign lands, two Canadian provinces, four American states, two Mexican states, seven major cities and hundreds of counties, towns, and sleepy backwater burgs. These are products of political borders, puzzle pieces meaningful to Homo sapiens but senseless to all the other species that turn the gears of the greater organic machine.
For too long we've remained disconnected from this great corridor by our limited understanding of the biological motion that quickens it. Now is the time to overcome the limitations of human sight. Time for us to see the full range of the B2B--Baja to the Beaufort Sea--as the gray whale, the Pacific salmon, the black bear, and the western sandpiper see it.