Many books have been written about Walla Walla, one of the oldest towns in the Pacific Northwest. Although naturalists John Townsend and David Douglas and explorer John Fremont visited the Walla Walla Valley between 1826 and 1843, never before has a natural history of the Walla Walla area been published. My earlier books had lots of science and lots of pictures; I wanted this book to be more Renaissance, more liberal arts, more environmental. Included are more than 40 paintings by noted Northwest landscape artist Leslie Cain to illustrate the Walla Walla River, Mill Creek, and the Touchet River as they make their way from the Blue Mountains through fertile valleys to the mighty Columbia River. Katrina Roberts and Janice King contributed six poems about the hills, farms, forests, flowers, water and rocks of the area. Among the short essays are one on fishing by Scott Elliott and another by Kevin Pogue on wine terroir. Geography and geologic history are followed by chapters on past and present animals of southeastern Washington and adjacent Oregon. Pictures by Duane Scroggins and 15 more photographers illustrate the magnificent landscapes, beautiful flowers, and interesting birds and mammals of the Walla Walla Valley and vicinity.

Bob Carson