The Many Faces of Wolves
In his new book, photographer and self-professed wolf lover Scott Ian Barry shares his passion.
Wolf Empire: An Intimate Portrait of a Species
By Scott Ian Berry
The Lyons Press, 208 pages, $29.95
An excerpt from Scott Ian Barry’s introduction:
“At the age of nineteen, I saw my first wolf. He was an enormous specimen, with cold, sulphur eyes. His head, from the tip of the sagittal crest to the end of his nose, approximated the size of a basketball. His face, which was a beautiful, warm, buff hue with delicate black markings, was framed by an expansive diamond-shaped ruff. He stood on legs that were so sturdy and so tall they resembled the trunks of trees. And his plump, fur-covered paws were so obtrusive, they appeared almost clownish in proportion with the ground beneath them.
The wolf stopped at a distance from me, raised that massive skull, those vacuum-like nostrils, and gleaned the damp air for my scent. I was transfixed, rooted on my shallow piece of Earth, separated from this god by the width of a moderate stream.
With little fanfare, the buff giant lowered his head, then turned around and, with the air of a Herculean dandy, tiptoed away, up the low promontory on which he’d been standing, out of my sight.”
Reprinted from Wolf Empire: An Intimate Portrait of a Species, 2007, by Scott Ian Barry. Published by The Lyons Press, Guilford, Connecticut.
Scott Ian Berry has spoken to audiences and wildlife organizations around the country about wolves and has photographed more than 100 of them.
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