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Flying Free by Jude Martindale and Steve Martindale

Flying Free cover

Flying Free by Jude Martindale and Steve Martindale


Nebraska painter and illustrator Jude Martindale collaborated with husband Steve Martindale to publish this book about the migration, behavior, and vitality of cranes. It's not just about biology—we include reflections on why cranes appeal to people, with poetry in places and imaginative artistic flights of fancy. Throughout, Flying Free strengthens our relationships with the natural world, connections too often forgotten. Cranes embody life in bold ways that demand our attention, and reawaken our ties with nature.

"Some publications on cranes have great illustrations but suffer from unreliable text. Others have fine text but have weak or no illustrations. Steve Martindale has written an excellent introduction to the biology of cranes, and Jude Martindale's paintings are not only anatomically accurate and beautiful, but they also capture the ineffable wonder and feelings of joy that are evoked by the sight and sounds of these magnificent ambassadors of nature." ~ Paul A. Johnsgard, author of The Sandhill and Whooping Cranes: Ancient Voices over America's Wetlands.

8.5" x 11"