The Winemaker's Marsh: Four Seasons in a Restored Wetland
One winter day in 1988, as he surveyed his newly purchased land in California's wine country, Sam Sebastiani made a bold decision: He would plant ... Show synopsis One winter day in 1988, as he surveyed his newly purchased land in California's wine country, Sam Sebastiani made a bold decision: He would plant vines on his hillside but he would restore the hayfield below it to its natural condition - a freshwater marsh. The road to realizing this vision was mined with difficulties but Sebastiani persevered, and with the help of Ducks Unlimited, he succeeded in creating a 90-acre preserve that is now home to 156 bird species and a host of other wildlife. In "The Winemaker's Marsh, " award-winning author Kenneth Brower chronicles a year in the life of the restored wetland. He draws parallels between the seasonal transformations of the marsh and the shifting fortunes of Sebastiani himself, sketching a sensitive portrait of the environment and the man. As a perfect complement to the text, Michael Sewell's stunning photographs reveal a landscape of subtle splendor and surprising diversity.