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Sept. 15, 2009

UI Press book explores Iowa nature with macro photography

"Deep Nature," featuring Iowa macro photography by Linda and Robert Scarth and text by John Pearson, will become available from the University of Iowa Press beginning Thursday, Oct. 1.

The book will be available at bookstores or directly from the UI Press, by phone at 800-621-2736 or online at Customers in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from the Eurospan Group online at

The Scarths' 75 images of Iowa up close reveal the miniature beauties hidden among the patches of prairie, woodland and wetland that remain in Iowa's landscape. Taking Walt Whitman's "every leaf is a miracle" as their inspiration, they celebrate not only each leaf but each feather, insect, dewdrop, flower, lichen and intricate organism in the evolving web of life.

Piotr Naskrecki, author of "The Smaller Majority," wrote, "Vibrant, full of life, and beautifully composed, Linda and Robert Scarths' photography shows the side of Iowa I never knew existed. Accompanied by deeply personal, evocative text by the ecologist John Pearson, this book celebrates a rarely seen facet of the American Midwest."

Linda and Robert Scarth have been photographing the natural world for many years, with special emphasis on the flora and fauna of the Midwest. In addition to numerous trips in the United States, they have photographed in Australia, Africa, South America and the Falkland Islands. He was a research scientist and statistician for the UI Institute of Rural and Environmental Health, and she was the reference librarian at Mount Mercy College.

Pearson, coauthor of "The Guide to Iowa's State Preserves," is an ecologist for the Conservation and Recreation Division of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

CONTACT: Allison Means, UI Press, Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073,