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Book Review: “For the Love of Yellowstone”

Our January, 2020 Book of the Month Club Selection by Doug Dance

book cover of "For the Love of Yellowstone.Book Review by Laurie MacNevin, Historical Fiction Associate Editor

Photographer Doug Dance’s collection of nature and wildlife photographs capture the vibrant and varied life of the Yellowstone National park. Through his lens we see a wide array of the animals who live in Yellowstone, most of which none of us would ever have the chance to see for ourselves. Dance’s photographs are the results of years of work. This is not just a book of wildlife photographs; these are character portraits full of life which capture the diversity and complexity of the natural world.

“Wolf 302 is one of the truly legendary pieces of the grand Yellowstone puzzle, the likes of which we may never see again.”
-Doug Dance

Woven throughout the book is the story of Wolf 302—a black male wolf whose exploits Dance followed throughout his years of work in Yellowstone. Wolf 302’s story holds the whole book together. Though a bit clinical in his telling of the story, Dance gives accurate, detailed, and careful insight into the complex social structures and interactions of the wolf packs of Yellowstone Park and we couldn’t help but cheer on this unruly and unconventional rogue as he struggled to find his place in the world.

Why We Love This Book:

There are so many pictures of wild bison! The American bison of Yellowstone are some of the only herds in the world who still live in the wild as they did in the pages of Blackfoot Crossing, Poundmaker, and The Amulet. These are the bison whose extinction irrevocably changed the lives of Crowfoot, Poundmaker, and Big Bear. Dance’s photographs capture their rugged beauty and show us the colour and texture of their lives—the yellow-orange of their calves, their thick winter coats matted with wind-driven snow, and the brilliant green and gold plains they graze.

In a world which is rapidly changing and in which we often don’t see the direct effects of those changes until it is too late, this book is a reminder of what we have and what we have to lose.

Our Favourite Images From This Book:

Doug Dance

Raven’s Breath: “On a cold clear morning in early February, a boisterous raven croaks out a raucous call as its breath drifts lazily through the still winter air.”

Doug Dance

Jubilation: “After a long afternoon of dozing under a warm spring sun, it only takes the slightest provocation to set young bison calves into motion. The unabashed exuberance is the living embodiment of the joys of spring in Yellowstone.

Doug Dance

Pastel Palette: “Under ideal conditions, an incredible profusion of colourful alpine wildflowers flourish on high mountain slopes through Yellowstone during the first weeks of summer.”

About the Author:

Doug Dance is a prominent Manitoba photographer who has devoted more than two decades to photographing the wonders of Yellowstone. Now he has brought his lens closer to home and is focusing his creative endeavours on the boreal forest.

Dance’s captivating photographs grace the  covers of The Amulet, Blackfoot Crossing, and Poundmaker.

Visit Dance’s website at: to see more of his stunning wildlife photography books!

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