The author of this book takes his readers on a trip through various landscapes of the Arctic using photographs and personal comments to document animals, birds, and plants that decorate this mostly unknown area. Interrelationships of organisms, commentary on their interactions, and explanations of personal photographs provide a glimpse into this world that will interest any wildlife lover.
The stunning photographs and delightful commentary make this book a wonderful addition to any library. The patience and determination of the photographer/author are evident in the close-up and personal photographs of a land rarely seen and observed by humans. It imparts a sense of amazement at the adaptability and interwoven connections of life:
Once again, the two parties — the chased and the chasers — were out of eyeshot of one another. I suspect the wolves could still smell the caribou, because they then reprised the same ploy that had failed mere moments before……. Julius Caesar famously said, "Veni, vidi, vici" (I came, I saw, I conquered), but for the wolves that afternoon, it was more like "We came, we saw, we chased, and we failed a second time." At that point, I was chuckling delightedly to myself……I had seen the wiliness of wolves, the vigilance and strength of caribou and the mismanaged execution of a chase. The arms race was still in motion, and the outcome was as uncertain as ever. (p. 107)
Lynch takes us on a journey that allows us to experience the beauty of a mostly unknown world. After reading this book, I realized I had a deeper appreciation for the Arctic and had learned some amazing facts, all the while being entertained by truly outstanding photographs: hills and valleys of Northwest Fiord in East Greenland, long-tailed jaegars soaring in the air, wrestling polar bears, and close-up portraits of harp seal pups, just to name a few. While not a text book, I found it a wonderful addition to my classroom, and my students thought it was amazing.