With a vivid narrative and stunning photography, this beautifully produced coffee-table book showcases the natural beauty of North America’s Rocky Mountain Front and the human stories that are intimately connected to its profound, and ever-changing, sense of place.
People in Alberta, Montana and around the world travel through the foothills to reach more iconic destinations such as Banff, Kananaskis, Waterton and Glacier national parks. The foothills, however, are a unique destination on their own and have helped define both Alberta and Montana, serving as the backdrop for much of both regions' history, and forming a rich cultural and natural landscape. Earth and Sky reveals, in text and image, the grandeur and beauty of this unique international frontier.
This richly illustrated book features 200 black and white and colour images together with short essays on natural history, geology, cultural background and the region’s communities, as well as the threats and solutions to development and social challenges found along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front and Alberta’s Eastern Slopes. Many of these essays are written in the first person, highlighting the author’s deep passion for and relationship with this place, with special emphasis on the transboundary importance of this landscape and the history and geography it shares between Canada and the United States.
Erik Bjarnason is a career firefighter with the North Vancouver City Fire Department, a long-time member of North Shore Rescue and an avid mountaineer. He has climbed mountains in Africa, Europe, Asia, North America and South America, completed a month-long dogsled trip in the Arctic to the magnetic North Pole and explored the entire length of the Amazon from the highest point in Bolivia to the Atlantic Ocean. He has been on expeditions to five of the Seven Summits (including Everest, which he did after he lost his fingers on Mount Logan). He lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia.
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts,
and of the province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit.