A spectacular Divide
A new photography book reveals the Continental Divide
By ADAM TANOUS
Express Arts Editor
One of the great geological features of our nation, the Continental
Divide, stands just to the east of us. The enormous spine of the continent runs from
Alaska to the Panama Canal. In a new book of photography and journal writings entitled, Along
Montana & Idahos Continental Divide Trail, Leland and Lynna Howard, a
brother and sister team from eastern Idaho, document a 980 mile trek along the Continental
Recently published by Westcliffe Publishers, Along Montana &
Idahos Continental Divide Trail offers 80 color photographs accompanied by a
travel diary of the adventure. Leland Howards photographs deftly capture the
desolate expanse of wilderness.
Lynna Howard describes both the pristine country and some of the
pairs experiences on the long trek. Howard also includes several special inset boxes
detailing a particular aspect of the trip. For example, she provides informative
paragraphs about the Island Park Caldera, Lewis Monkeyflowers, Trumpeter swans. and
tips on living with bears.
As is usually the case with books of photography, the words fall short of
the images. Nonetheless, the book offers a stunning look at territory just over our
horizon but which we may not have fully experienced. This book will, at least, give one a
sense of what this dramatic trail offers without having to hike 980 miles.