About the Photographers
Internationally acclaimed, award-winning photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter have been life partners and creative collaborators for over three decades. In 1992, they discovered and fell in love with California's spectacular wildflower blooms in the Mojave Desert's Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. This inspired their twenty-seven-year journey photographing wildflowers throughout the West, and, in 2011, their documentary art project, Beauty and the Beast: Wildflowers and Climate Change, a project sponsored by Blue Earth Alliance. In 2016, they created their first joint exhibit on California's wildflowers. This beautiful book they created is a companion to the traveling exhibit and was brought to you by WinterBadger Press.
Rob's first conservation work was photographing the Owens Valley (California) Aquifer water project for Inyo County in 1980. He later focused on the devastating impact of logging and mining on our public lands. Rob has also photographed more than thirty projects, as far away as Siberia, for various land conservation groups.
Nita discovered her talent for photographing people nearly forty years ago while documenting her work fighting wildfires in Northern California. In 1986, her first major exhibit, The Children of the Tenderloin, in San Francisco was followed by six noted public art projects celebrating diversity.
Nita and Rob's work has been featured in NBC-TV’s Open Road, Time, Mother Jones, and Sierra magazines, and the New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Times. Their fine art prints and architectural installations have been commissioned by Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, San Francisco Arts Commission, Alameda County Arts Commission, and the James Irvine Foundation. Learn more at WWW.WINTERBADGER.COM
About our co-publisher the California Native Plant Society (CNPS)
If you want to save the world, start with plants. The native plants of your local ecosystems form the foundation of life-for pollinators, for birds, and for people. That's why, for more than fifty years, the nonprofit California Native Plant Society (CNPS) has been a leading voice in native plant science, conservation, and gardening. Today, CNPS is one of the foremost native plant organizations in the world, mentoring the next generation of plant scientists, influencing state and national law, and fighting plant extinction. CNPS is based in California's state capital, serving more than thirty-five chapters statewide and in Baja California. Learn how you can get involved at WWW.CNPS.ORG.