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National parks photo book perfect for nature lovers

Parks I did not manage to watch Ken Burns' PBS series on national parks - PBS and documentaries tend to be things I overlook in a rush to make sure my DVR captures Glee and Friday Night Lights - but the companion book is interesting. Not as breathtaking, however, as Ian Shive's unbelievable book of photography. If, like me, you have been to a pretty good number of parks, you will not want to miss it.

I have got to get to the Grand Tetons...

The National Parks: Our American Landscape. Ian Shive. Earth Aware. 203 pages. $39.95.

The National Parks: America's Best Idea. Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns. Knopf. 403 pages. $50.

Burns' PBS series and its informative companion book may have sparked your interest in our national parks, but Shive's spectacular photography will convince you that you must see these sights in person. An award-winning photographer, Shive has long documented our relationship with nature, and here he captures the majesty of some of the country's most stunning vistas, from the Grand Canyon to the red-gold glow of Utah's Delicate Arch to the closer-to-home underwater reefs of Biscayne National Park. Gas up the Winnebago, and get going.

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