Amy Grimes, Illustrator
May 3, 2022
White Lion Publishing
Blurb: We humans don’t just love wild places. We need them; we need their scale, their breath, their drama and enigma. Wild places can be a balm and a solace; an escape or a returning; a best friend; an inner cleanse. And they can remind us of our unimportance in the world.
Travel writer Sarah Baxter presents 25 untameable natural wonders that reveal the curious story of our wild planet and why we need to protect it.
Despite all the advances of human civilisation, we’ve yet to come up with anything to rival the majesty of Lapland’s snow-capped mountain summits, the haunting song of humpback whales in a Namibian paradise or the epic sculptural forms of Utah’s vast Canyonlands.
Escape to each of these unforgettable sites and more with Wild Places, an insightful and stunningly illustrated guide to all Mother Nature has to offer.
Discover spectacular and little-known gems with visits to…
- Great Dismal Swamp, USA
- Canyonlands, USA
- Great Bear Rainforest, Canada
- Cenotes, Mexico
- Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
- Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
- South Georgia, Atlantic Ocean
- Ennerdale, England
- Strumble Head, Wales
- St Kilda, Scotland
- Camargue, France
- Sápmi, Lapland, Sweden
- Green Belt, Germany
- Wadden Sea, Netherlands
- Stromboli, Italy
- Las Medulas, Spain
- Coa Valley, Portugal
- Skeleton Coast, Namibia
- Erg Chigaga, Morocco
- Kinabatangan, Malaysia
- Mount Siguniang, China
- Raja Ampat, Indonesia
- Gangkar Puensum, Bhutan
- Wilpena Pound, Australia
- Wahipounamu, New Zealand
This is the perfect title for anyone who is fascinated by the marvels of the natural world.
Sarah Baxter’s Wild Places is a beautiful little book with vivid illustrations by Amy Grimes. In Wild Places, Sarah describes around 25 locations that can aptly be described as wild. Some of them you’ve probably heard of like the Galapagos Islands, while others like Raja Ampat you may not have.
Each location has a brief but poetically described and informative write up, telling about any ancient mythology, the original inhabitants, the landscape, and the types of wildlife that could be found there. I learned a lot. In fact, I also Googled a lot while I was reading to see and learn more. It’s just that kind of book.
The places that struck my fancy were Bhutan because I know next to nothing about it and loved the fact that the people of Bhutan are nature-oriented and spiritual. I have a very large place in my heart for people who love nature and wish to preserve it as much as I do. Also, I never knew that the Green Belt in Germany existed nor that it came about after the fall of the Wall and was once the barrier between the East and West but is now being taken over by native species. It would probably suffice to say that there were not too many places that didn’t strike my fancy.
Amy Grimes illustrations are bold and beautiful, worthy of framing, and add an extra layer of magic to an already magical book.
The only thing I wished for were maps for each location. While Sarah does tell where the areas are, I wished I could see on a map where they were—thus, I did Google the locations for many of these places.
This book is for anyone who loves nature and places that, despite “progress,” are still wild.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.