About the Cover Photographer Middleton Evans Middleton will be autographing copies of Rhapsody in Blue at the News Center in Easton on Friday, November 11th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the first day of the Waterfowl Festival. The book may also be ordered from his website, www.ravenwoodpress.com which features galleries of his favorite images of Maryland and beyond, as well as a handsome 2012 Maryland wall calendar.
Traveling to the continent’s wild perimeter in search of glorious North American waterbirds… this was the adventure of a lifetime. Maryland photographer, Middleton Evans, made 38 trips over a five-year period to complete his “wish list” of alluring species, captivating behaviors and pristine habitats. In all, Evans encountered 180 species on trips to thirteen states and Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas. A remarkable trip to Florida in 1998 inspired the project with ten days of daily surprises, including a Great Blue Heron grappling a plump muskrat. On a wing and a prayer, Evans dropped his current Baltimore project and dreamed up shots to fill a unique coffee table book celebrating North America’s waterbirds at their finest. Highlights include: an unusually friendly King Eider, dancing Western Grebes, inquisitive Brown Boobies, a preening Roseate Spoonbill and huddling American Flamingo chicks. Yet nothing would eclipse climbing into a Bald Eagle nest on Middleton Island, Alaska! An introduction describes how Middleton’s odyssey became a spiritual journey, punctuated by arduous hikes, frequent perils, joyous camaraderie and moments of sheer epiphany. 7
September 2011 Tidewater Times