Book Review: Oregon II

Oregon II, by Ray Atkeson, text by Archie Satterfield

As the second book I have read from this author [1], and like the other book, a classic coffee table book [2].  Like its predecessor, it has a large amount of beautiful photos, most of them of the Oregon countryside.  If you are fond of traveling around the wilderness of rural Oregon, there are a lot of places that this book shows that will likely be familiar [3] and bring back fond memories of one’s previous explorations.  For those who have not seen the beautiful vistas that Oregon has to offer, this book is a subtle and gorgeous encouragement to such people to leave the confines of their current place and engage in some exploring.  The trip gave me some ideas for future exploring, although admittedly some of those places were quite remote–like rural Eastern Oregon as well as Jacksonville.  The author clearly has a fondness for certain places he goes to over and over again–Cape Kiwanda comes to mind as it is photographed often–but he does show parts of the entire state and those who like the beauty of Oregon will find a great deal to appreciate here.

The contents of this book are even more straightforward than they were in the previous book I read from the author.  At the beginning of the book there is a somewhat lengthy discussion of the origins of Oregon and its relative neglect in terms of the iconography of the West, where the author of the text comments that Oregonians have a love of beauty, a dislike of being too densely packed into space, and that Oregonians unlike some people are not prone to bragging about the beauty that they have in the state, and that seems pretty true.  After this introduction, though, the only text is the fairly minimal captioning of the next 150 pages or so of photos, which makes for some very gorgeous views of places as different as the sand dunes of Florence or the Columbia Gorge near the Dalles, the waterfalls of the Mackenzie or Columbia Rivers, the wild plains of rural southeastern Oregon, or the rugged and remote Wallowa Mountains.  If one wants to be encouraged to go on tours to see historic towns or enjoy rugged and beautiful treasures of Oregon’s creation, this book has a lot to choose from, taken by a skillful photographer who deserves credit for his fondness for shots of plants and animals and the occasional person.

So, what kind of audience would most appreciate this book.  Do you like somewhat old but beautiful books that would fit in well on a coffee table and make guests from other parts of the United States jealous?  Do you like looking at sights that make you wonder when you are taking your next trip to some remote area for camping or hiking or a driving tour?  Do you like photos of horses running across an open plain, or Mount Hood rising over the Portland skyline, of farms in the Tualatin Valley, of sand dunes and waterfalls and forests and waves and flowers and the gentle flow of lazy rivers through remote wilderness?  If any of these is true, then you will find a lot to appreciate about this book.  I have found quite a few of these volumes lying around, and as someone who enjoys the sight of beautiful photographs of creation, I have the feeling I will be reading and reviewing more books by this author given the fact that they capture the beauty of Oregon to such a great degree, even if the books are as old or older than I am.  Thankfully, many of these sights are ones that a tourist can still see, and that is something to appreciate.


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2 Responses to Book Review: Oregon II

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