A Prairie Year
Messages to Max

by George Rohde

photography by George Rohde

foreword by Bruce Lytle

published by Beverly Rohde

  • After a long, arduous battle with cancer, George Rohde decided to make a living doing what he loved most: observing the northern prairie. The avid field biologist honed his photography skills and sold his work at craft shows, most in the form of notecards which he also sent to his grandson Max. A Prairie Year: Messages to Max is a collection of these engaging notecards that tell the story of the prairie over the course of a year. Beautiful photographs of animals in their natural state make up 12 chapters that take readers on a visual journey through the seasons on the vast grassland. Explanatory text paints a picture of life on the prairie and offers Rohde's own thoughts and musings, allowing readers to share his wonder and love of this majestic grassland. A Prairie Year is an informative book for all who enjoy learning about the natural world around them.

133 pages, 8.5, 152 color photos

ISBN 10: 1-59152-126-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-59152-126-6

April 2014





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As a young boy growing up in Fargo, North Dakota, George showed an early interest in wildlife. It was not unusual for his mother to find him in the back yard photographing the local birds and flowers. Nurtured by his parents and their great love of the prairie, George studied biology and business at the University of North Dakota. While a student, he spent two summers at the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center studying the food handling behavior of the red fox. It was during this period that his love of the prairie and of photography converged and motivated him into a lifelong career using his photographs as a teaching tool. Many people grace their walls with his framed photos purchased in his gallery or at one of the many art shows in which he participated. He lived in Fargo with his wife and three children and began sending photographic notecards to his grandson, Max, when Max was 4 years old. George died in May of 2011.

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