COMBO: BOOK, DVD & CD, NATURE - CHRISTMAS IN YELLOWSTONE
BOOK, Silence & Solitude – Yellowstone’s Winter Wilderness
Powerful, brutal, beautiful, and at times, enchanting, winter in Yellowstone National Park is a world unlike any other. It is a season both abstract and profound, where super-heated water erupts into arctic air, where wildlife pushes snow in a constant struggle to survive, and where silence and solitude dominate the park’s deep wilderness. Photographer Tom Murphy has experienced Yellowstone’s winter wilderness as few others have, skiing far into the backcountry with heavy camera gear, an uncanny ability to weather cold and snow, and an artist’s eye for the sublime. His photographs reveal a majestic land where the air is clean and clear and where a wolf’s throaty howl carries for miles on a still day. (Note: Murphy is featured in the program.)
Silence & Solitude: Yellowstone’s Winter Wilderness shows us the splendor and force of Yellowstone’s long cold. In 130 photos we begin to understand the lives of the wildlife that must endure it; we begin to feel the inspiring power of a landscape still wild and pure; and we see nature’s beauty in things great and small. These photos are accompanied by Murphy’s thoughtful words that take us into the time and place of each image. The captions allow us to smile at a fox’s serious hunt for a mouse, to understand why bison stand stoically in geothermal steam, and to marvel at a sudden shift of subtle light that brings breathtaking grandeur to a nondescript little tree and just as suddenly takes it away.
Tom Murphy's photographic passion and specialty is Yellowstone Park. Since 1975 he has traveled extensively within its 3400 square miles, hiking thousands of miles and skiing on dozens of extended overnight trips in the backcountry. An award-winning photographer, his work has been used in numerous regional, national, and international publications. Hardcover, 128 pages
DVD, Nature - Christmas in Yellowstone
Yellowstone in winter. Look in any direction and it takes your breath away. Celebrate the beauty and wonders of the season in one of the most extraordinary places on Earth. Here are sights that only a fraction of Yellowstone's almost three million visitors each year are privileged to see.
Observe red foxes as they dive headfirst into the snow seeking a rodent repast. Marvel at the beauty of "diamond dust" crystals as they swirl around herds of elk. Listen for the percussive thunder of cracking ice as it ricochets off the mountains. Enter the den of a grizzly bear that gives birth to two cubs while deep in hibernation. And follow the trail alongside photographer and writer Tom Murphy, who has been coming to Yellowstone for the past twenty-six winters to camp, to take photographs and to experience the solitude of the park. Conclude this unforgettable visit to Yellowstone on a joyous note by joining revelers in the lodge to sing songs of the season by a roaring fire.
Academy Award winner Linda Hunt narrates this mesmerizing program that captures winter in the wilderness in all of its splendor.
Running Time: 52 Minutes
CD, Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone – Music from the Original Soundtrack
[From the CD liner notes by composer Lenny Williams] “Writing the music for Christmas in Yellowstone was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had as a composer. My goal was to craft what I hope is perceived as an intimate compliment to a unique story. One of the most important aspects of composing Christmas was the guidance I received from the Producer, Janet Hess. She provided invaluable insight into the magic of Yellowstone in winter. The NATURE series on PBS has always treated music as an important element in their programs, and I’m grateful for our continued relationship.”
Lenny Williams has composed original music for over 600 documentaries, winning multiple Emmy Awards, and has contributed music to several Grammy-winning recordings. The music to this soundtrack won, among other awards, the “Best Music” award in the 2008 Widescreen International Wildlife Film Festival Panda Award and the “Best Original Musical Score” in the 2007 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.
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