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Desert Wetlands

Lucian Niemeyer
Thomas Fleischner

Water plays different roles in the desert. It appears when we least expect it and hides when we want it most. Rain falls but never reaches the ground, and dry washes abruptly become rivers. One constant holds true: water enables life.

In Desert Wetlands a distinguished photographer and a passionate naturalist document sites in the American Southwest and Mexico that are gauges to the environment. The wetlands included are Cuatro Cienegas Basin in Coahuila, Mexico, the San Pedro River in Arizona, the Escalante River in Utah, the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, the playas and wetlands in Arizona, the Mohave Desert in California, and the Big Bend National Park in Texas.
Exploration of desert wetlands - whether on foot, with photographs, or in words - involves vacillating between tremendous, uplifting beauty and great, heartbreaking degradation. We offer the images and words in your hands that you might grasp the beauty more readily, and join the chorus of voices calling for an end to despoiling of these treasurelands." - Thomas Lowe Fleischner in Desert Wetlands
Mr. Niemeyer's photography . . . is utterly superb." - Southern Living


Lucian Niemeyer is a professional photographer who operates out of Santa Fe. He has traveled the world, photographing human and environmental conditions. He is author and photographer of numerous books including Chesapeake Country, Okefenokee, and Old Order Amish.

Thomas Lowe Fleischner teaches in the Environmental Studies Program at Prescott College in Arizona. He is also the author of Singing Stone.


"(Fleischner) does a superb job

interjecting interesting narratives and useful information on the subject of desert wetlands. . . . (Niemeyer's) work thrills the senses."


Tucson Weekly

"This book exposes the raw natural beauty of desert wetlands and emphasizes their ecological necessity, as well as how human impact affects their existence. . . ( Desert Wetlands) is filled to the brim with fascinating information."


The Times-Independent, UT

"Niemeyer's Desert Wetlands is luminous. The visually inclined will feast at this photographic table, as each color plate is more astonishing than the next, and each color plate is worthy of prolonged attention. For the literary, Fleischner's text is both informative and interesting; it is at varying times anecdotal and scientific, a personal tale of exploration and a discourse on the role and history of desert wetlands.


Southwest Bookviews

" Desert Wetlands is a jewel."


Los Alamos Monitor, NM

"Lucian Niemeyer's photographs capture all the beauty of the Southwest."


Waterbury Sunday Republican, CT

" Desert Wetlands is a serious environmental book wrapped in disarmingly beautiful imagery."


The Durango Herald, CO

"( Desert Wetlands) reveals the beauty and vibrant life of these vital and imperiled lands in the Southwestern United States and Mexico."


Las Cruces Sun-News

" Desert Wetlands is an appealing photo essay with an extensive accompanying text."


Winging It: Newsletter of the Ameican Birding Association

"Fleisher provides an elegant and relevant essay that supposrts the visuals and also provides insight into why these are presious, and how they are becoming so few."


Book News

" Desert Wetlands is as beautiful as it is important."


Wildlife Activist

12 x 9 in. 160 pages 158 color plates., 1 maps, 2 tables