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On the Desert's Edge is clearly a love poem to the landscapes of the southwestern United States where Pate and Kerbo worked for many years. It includes beautiful photos and a variety of poetry and prose. It is a form of modern landscape romanticism that I find refreshing since most of the writing on the National Parks and wilderness these days is full of lots of dry, although important, scientific language.
If you are a lover of the U.S. National Parks, especially those in the southwest, you'll enjoy this book. Both of the authors are skilled photographers of nature. The photos alone are worth the price of the book. However, their poetry and prose are refreshing, direct, and open.
I think this book will surprise you. It is not the type of book one would expect to see published by long-term wilderness and park experts in the modern era. It is a hat tilt to the romantic styles of the past, but with an up-to-date aesthetic.