PUBLISHED: 4:53 PM on Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Photo book highlighting Alaska, Yukon released
Haines-"Alaska/Yukon/Arctic Light-Gifts of the Wild," a new photo book by Kathleen M.K. Menke of Crystal Images in Haines, has just been released.

The book highlights wildlife in Denali National Park, the midnight sun in Arctic National wildlife refuge and includes many images from Southeast Alaska and the Yukon.

The book contains dramatic half-page and full-page images from Alaska, the Yukon, Denali National Park, Kluane World Heritage Site, Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and parts of British Columbia.

"I love the way it captures the essence and beauty of the northern wild. I feel honored that you brought a passage from my writing into the book," said Richard K. Nelson, author and host of NPR's northern natural history program "Encounters."

"This book has been a year in the making," said Menke.

Images in the book are augmented by brief text, including quotes from Adolph Murie's "A Naturalist in Alaska" and Koyukon culture from Richard K. Nelson's "Make Prayers to the Raven." "I hope the book will inspire others to get out there and spend extended quiet time in Alaska and the Yukon, observing, listening, respecting and appreciating our wild life and wild lands," Menke said.

Kathleen Marie Kennell Menke has been professionally photographing subjects that capture her interest and her heart for over twenty years. Her work has been published in numerous regional, national, and international publications.

"Alaska/Yukon/Arctic Light" is her second book. Her photo book, "Haines for All Seasons--Northern Exposures from Alaska Reflecting Our Bond to the Land and Each Other," has been a local and regional best-seller.

"Alaska/Yukon/Arctic Light", printed by InterPress Ltd., is 80 pages with 175 full-color original photographs by Kathleen Menke.

The books are available at local and regional book stores and gift shops and directly from the photographer at the book's website: