Natural History of the Walla Walla Valley and Vicinity
Edited by Robert Carson
Nonfiction; 224-page, full-color softcover
Many Waters is a testament to the beauty of an extraordinary place. From the Blue Mountains to the Columbia River, southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon, in particular the Walla Walla Valley, is a remarkable region, one that American Indians called Wallah Wallah, or Many Waters. And for good reason. It's always been a bountiful place with its rich soils and streams teeming with fish.
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. Images 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.
Carson leads the journey, along with Whitman College geologist colleagues Patrick Spencer, Nick Bader and Pogue, as well as biologist Mike Denny. Paintings by Leslie Cain, an artist and fourth-generation native of the Walla Walla Valley, and photographs by Duane Scroggins, renowned for his outdoor and wildlife images, and others document the beauty of these mountains and valleys, while many writers and poets share their love for this magnificent area. Other Whitman College contributors include poets, Professor Katrina Roberts and Bookstore Buyer Janice King; and essayists, associate professor Scott Elliott, retired professor Dale Cosper, retired archivist Larry Dodd and geology alumnus Skye Cooley.
Readers of "Many Waters" will be interested in these other titles covering Walla Walla and the mid Columbia Basin:
- Where the Great River Bends: A natural and human history of the Columbia at Wallula. Robert Carson, editor. Chronicles the fascinating history of the Wallula Gap, as a unique geologic feature in the Ice Age Floods and historical and cultural landmark.
- An Illustrated History of Fort Walla Walla. By James Payne and Laura Schulz. Richly illustrated history of one of the longest active military posts in the Northwest during the era of white exploration and settlement from the early 1800s through 1910.
- On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods: A geological field guide to the mid Columbia Basin. By Bruce Bjornstad. An exploration of the legendary floods that scoured the region repeatedly during the great ice age, with detailed guides to trails and tours to see the present-day geological features the floods created.