John Fielders Guide to Colorados Great Outdoors: Lottery-Funded Parks, Trails, Wildlife Areas and Open Spaces | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/john-fielders-guide-colorados-great-outdoors-lottery-funded-parks-trails-wildlife[12/7/2015 3:25:35 PM] Home John Fielders Guide to Colorados Great Outdoors: Lottery-Funded Parks, Trails, Wildlife Areas and Open SpacesJohn Fielders Guide to Colorados Great Outdoors: Lottery-Funded Parks, Trails, Wildlife Areas and Open SpacesSubmitted by CLEAVITT on 8-28-2014 11:21 PMAuthor: John Fielder Publishing: John Fielders Guide to Colorados Great Outdoors: LotteryFunded Parks, Trails, Wildlife Areas and Open Spaces. By John Fielder. Denver, CO: John Fielder Publishing, 2012. 344 pages. Photographs, maps, index. 6" x 9". $23.95 paperback. Reviewer: Katy Ordway Reviewer Affiliation: Red Rocks Community College John Fielders Guide to Colorados Great Outdoors published in 2012, delivers just what the lengthy full title promises. The book begins with Fielder giving the reader an idea of the scope of the properties that have been funded by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) since its inception in 1992. Many of us have cracked jokes about our lottery funded retirement plans, a goal that most of us will never achieve. We can take solace in the fact that those lottery scratchers and Power Ball tickets are funding our future in an array of parks, trails, wildlife areas, and open spaces. The introduction gives the reader a brief history of the development of the GOCO fund as well as laying out the mission and accomplishments of GOCO. In terms of organization the book is laid out geographically, allowing readers to plan trips accordingly. Beginning with the numerous GOGO properties in the seven Denver metro counties, the book provides a rundown of the jewels of each county and in some cases includes some additional information about events and histories of these counties. From here it is on to the rest of the state, with counties grouped by similar geographic features. The book contains both a table of contents listing each county as well as a handy color-coded map that allows readers to plan trips or just see what is nearby. This detailed guidebook provides all sorts of useful information. This ranges from websites, locations, directions, parking information, ADA access, brief histories of the properties in question, and migration patterns of local wildlife. Being a John Fielder book, there are also tips for photographers about what time of day and in what season the lighting it best to increase odds of getting the best photographs. As with other Fielder publications, photography is a key component. This book is no exception, and the photographs do not disappoint. They are, in a word, gorgeous. The images correspond with the descriptions of the GOCO properties, and over four hundred of his photographs appear in this work. The images alone are reason to look at the book. The photographs are well crafted and give the reader an idea of the scope of these parks. The images chosen highlight playgrounds, waterways, mountains, plains, and canyons, just to name a few. The photographs cover all four of Colorados distinct EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanIn 1893, Colorado became the first state in the union to allow women the right to vote through popular election.
John Fielders Guide to Colorados Great Outdoors: Lottery-Funded Parks, Trails, Wildlife Areas and Open Spaces | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/john-fielders-guide-colorados-great-outdoors-lottery-funded-parks-trails-wildlife[12/7/2015 3:25:35 PM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us seasons and are taken anywhere from sunset to sunrise. One gets a sense that Fielder spent a lot of time making sure that each photograph chosen for publication was perfect. In all, the beauty of Colorado is given its due. However, if its just photographs readers want, they can also look into the coffee table book produced by Fielder, Colorados Great Outdoors. This book, published in 2012, contains just the images. Unlike the guidebook, which uses a variety of sizes from thumb nails to two-page spreads, this book is all about the full impact of these photographs. With a glossy layout, the images are the main event here. The photographs all have brief captions letting the reader know where they were taken, but not much else. These two books serve two very different purposes: the guidebook provides the information and details one would need to visit these sites themselves while the larger coffee-table book has pictures so good you almost dont need to visit the site itself. Reviewer Info: Kathryn Ordway is a fifth-generation Colorado native. She graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in history in 2002 and graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with an MA in history in 2004. She is the author of Colorados Rodeo Roots to Modern Day Cowboys She currently teaches history at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado, where she also lives with her husband and her pets.