This lavishly illustrated atlas takes readers outside normal conceptions of California, revealing its myriad ecologies, topographies, and histories in exquisite maps and trail paintings. Based on decades of exploring the backcountry of the Golden State, artist-adventurer Obi Kaufmann blends science and art to illuminate the multifaceted array of living, connected systems like no book has done before. Kaufmann depicts layer after layer of the natural world, delighting in the grand scale and details alike. Full of character and color, a bit larger than life, The California Field Atlas is the ultimate road trip companion and love letter to a place.
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Growing up in the East Bay as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, Obi Kaufmann spent most of high school practicing calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo and map its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood, he would journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. For Kaufmann, the narrative of the California backcountry holds enough art, science, mythology, and language for a hundred field atlases to come. His website is www.coyoteandthunder.com.