Located at the narrow end of the funnel-shaped Mississippi
flyway zone, south Louisiana serves as a seasonal stopover for
wintering birds from all across North America as well as for some
neotropical birds from Central America. Many other bird species
make the region their permanent home. For more than fifty years
Charlie Hohorst, an avid outdoorsman, hunted ducks in the marshes
of south Louisiana. Now he shoots waterfowl with his camera, and
his passion extends to all birds living in or passing through the
state's wetland areas. Wings of Paradise, the first book of
Hohorst's breathtaking photography, demonstrates the attributes
that served him well as a hunter -- an exceptional eye, focus, keen
observation, manual dexterity, patience, a sense of oneness with
Brilliant color and clarity, as well as variety and movement,
define Hohorst's photographs. Organized by type as shorebirds,
raptors, woodland songbirds, and migratory ducks and geese, his
images display dozens of different species engaged in their many
and fascinating activities: swooping, skimming, plunging,
meandering, soaring, pausing, preening, nesting, romancing,
arguing, catching prey, drying their wings, and more. Hohorst
captures individual features in remarkable detail, and his
commentary shows an intimate familiarity with his subjects.
Following Hohorst's photographic feast for the eyes, noted food
writer Marcelle Bienvenu reflects on south Louisiana's cherished
hunting rituals and shares twenty-four favorite duck and goose
recipes from the area. From close-ups to panoramic scenes, Wings of
Paradise provides a visual delight for families, birders,
naturalists, conservationists, sportsmen, and all who appreciate
the natural beauty of south Louisiana.
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