In March of 2005, The Lewis & Clark Trail American Landscapes by Richard Mack was released. Since then, the book has garnered multiple awards for its photography and design. The International Photography Awards named Richard one of the Photographers of the Year and awarded The Lewis & Clark Trail American Landscapes a Silver Medal for Best Nature Book 2005. The 2006 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards gave it two Silver Medals, one for Best Coffee Table Book and one for Best Nature Book.
In The Lewis & Clark Trail American Landscapes, the vistas and majesty of the Lewis & Clark Trail have been brought to life in a magnificent set of 248 color photographs. Richard spent two years visiting key locations along the Lewis & Clark Trail – by plane, auto, and on foot – shooting specific locations at the same time of year as was originally experienced some 200 years ago. The result is an extraordinary set of images capturing the incredible diversity of the American landscape. The Lewis & Clark Expedition – also known as the Corps of Discovery – is regarded as one of the epic stories in American history. The trail stretches across the American landscape starting in St. Louis and followed the Missouri River through the woodlands of the Midwest, onto the Great Plains across Montana, entered the Bitterroot Mountains in Idaho, and glided down the Clearwater, Snake, and Columbia rivers to the Pacific Ocean. The pioneering exploits of the Corps of Discovery have been thoroughly chronicled in thousands of pages of narrative by historians as well as in the journals of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. These words, detailing the sense of discovery and the wonder of viewing untouched landscapes, essentially were the only “pictures” from this expedition. Until now.
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