Ecologist and photographer Thomas Wiewandt blends art and science to reveal the mystery, beauty, and complexity of the natural world. His films for the National Geographic Society and the BBC have earned him an Emmy Nomination in cinematography, a Gold Apple Award, and four Cine Golden Eagles; and his children's book Hidden Life of the Desert (Random House/Crown, 1990) made the John Burroughs List of Outstanding Nature Books for Young Readers. His work has also been featured in many books, calendars, and magazines worldwide, including Audubon, Arizona Highways, Smithsonian, National Wildlife, Geo, and publications by the National Geographic Society.
Wiewandt holds degrees in zoology and ecology (MS, University of Arizona; PhD, Cornell), and serves on the IUCN Species Survival Commission for endangered iguanas. He lives in the desert foothills west of Tucson. This book grew from more than a decade of leading photographic workshops and natural history tours in the Southwest.