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Ansel Adams 2006 Engagement Calendar
by Ansel Adams
Order:  USA  Can
Bulfinch, 2005 (2005)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

I like the week at a glance format (days divided into a.m./p.m.) of this spiral-bound engagement calendar. Full of glorious images that sprung from the eye and talent of Ansel Adams, it opens with a quote from the artist: 'A detail of a tree root, a segment of a rock, a great paean of thunder clouds ...' All of these and more are inside the calendar, which ends with monthly planning pages that go to February 2007.

From a February image of veined leaves, to 'Fern Spring' in April, 'Dogwood Blossoms' in May, 'Sunrise, Old Walpi Pueblo' in July, and 'Wheels' in October, the photographs selected for this calendar are varied and often surprising. There are the expected images of mountains, forests, lakes, waterfalls, sand dunes, and ocean. But I also love misty scenes like 'Redwoods in Fog', and Adams can make even a tree stump, a branch, or a dead tree look majestic.

Ansel Adams shows us beauty in the transitory, and in the contrasts that nature presents. His 2006 Engagement Calendar makes a wonderful gift for a friend or family member - and remember to keep one for yourself.

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