The Rangeleys: A photographic journey through an iconic region of Maine (Hardcover)

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The Rangeleys: A photographic journey through an iconic region of Maine (Hardcover)

By Ben Pearson, Angus King (Foreword By), Charels Gauvin (Contributor)
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An absolutely spectacular visual journey though our scenic and historic Maine neighbor, The Rangeleys is filled with sublime and edifying pages. Pearson's combination of stunning photographs and fascinating historical anecdotes makes The Rangeleys the perfect coffee table gift book for most any central Maine home.

— From The Holiday Twenty

One of the crown jewels of Maine, the Rangeley region with its 100’s of lakes and
ponds, headwaters to clean fast flowing rivers, all surrounded by the rugged
western Maine mountains has long been beloved by outdoors people of all
Combining a photographer’s eye with an explorer’s penchant for getting to the far
nooks and crannies of this often geologically challenging region, Ben Pearson
brings the reader along on a visual journey that gives one everything from
mountain top vistas, to a trout’s underwater streambed view - and everything in
The result is a truly unique combination of fine art landscape and “lakescape”
photography, interwoven with captivating wildlife photography then rounded out
with the classic camps, boats, and the activities that this unique geologic region
engenders. All put in context with short essays at the beginning of each of its 33
photo chapters. “The Rangeleys” gives a picture of the region with a richness and
depth you’d be hard pressed to match without years of travel and exploration.
This book is soup for the soul where your minds-eye can lose itself in the
powerful landscape scenes, accompanied by the primal call of the loon, the wind
in the pines, and the lap of gentle waves on a wild shore at sunset.
Taking after his grandfather, who had traveled and explored all around the Rangeley region by canoe in the 1930’s, Ben started his explorations in his childhood days on Richardson lake using a leaky rowboat, powered by a cantankerous 3hp motor that often had him rowing (and bailing) his way home. This penchant to see what was around the next bend evolved to grander adventures including a 3200-mile circumnavigation of New England and Atlantic Canada by sea kayak, guiding wilderness canoe trips down Maine’s great rivers such as the St John and Allagash, to more than a dozen winter traverses of Baxter state park on backcountry skis When Ben retired after 30 years as product manager of L.L.Bean’s sporting goods business he turned his focus to fine art nature photography and followed many of the routes in his grandfathers stories so he could capture, share, and in turn advocate for beautiful essence of the Rangeleys, his first and lifelong love of place. This book is the product of that ten-year journey. Ben also has a strong conservation ethic. He has first hand seen our bird and fish populations suffer from poisons and pollution in the Rangeleys and then come back when we changed our ways, and now to be challenged again as the climate warms and habitats are lost worldwide. He is currently the board chair for the conservation group ,Friends of Richardson, on the board of the Rangeley Historical Society (Outdoor Sporting Museum), and working closely with Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, supporting their conservation efforts in the Rangeleys. He can be reached at At this writing his photography can be found at
Product Details ISBN: 9781736666500
Publisher: Ben Pearson
Publication Date: May 1st, 2021
Pages: 174
United States Senator Angus King - In this extraordinary book, Ben Pearson has not
only captured the beauty of the place, but also a sense of its spirit—of its geography and
of the community (there’s that word again) which has grown up in the midst of this
special piece of Maine. From the Rangeley’s front door at the Height of Land, to the view
from Saddleback, to the sunsets on the lake(s), to the connecting rivers, the loons, moose,
and brook trout (which attracted my father there some 70 years ago), and the starry
nights, it’s all here.
But so are the people and their implements of civilization—cottages and cabins, boats,
canoes (a canoe is NOT a boat), trails, and the village at its heart.