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Kentucky: Unbridled Spirit and Beauty
ISBN: 0-9790025-9-1
Kentucky - Unbridled Spirit and BeautyBy Dr. Chuck Summers

In Kentucky: Unbridled Spirit and Beauty, award-winning photographer Chuck Summers reveals the awesome natural beauty of the Bluegrass State. From the lofty hills of the eastern region to the floodplains of the west, Kentucky displays a wondrous diversity of natural treasures.

Within this lovely collection of 279 full color images, one encounters inspiring landscapes, magnificent wildlife, and colorful wildflowers. Many of the pictures come from well-known state and national parks, while others were captured in less familiar locations across the Commonwealth. All join together as a marvelous testimony to the natural beauty of a state, which heretofore has been better known for its horse racing and basketball. After a journey through this large 11"x11" coffee-table style book, the reader may well question why this has been so. Others, will no doubt begin planning trips to experience for themselves the exquisite beauty that is known as Kentucky.

“A remarkable collection of beautiful and sensitive photographs from some of Kentucky’s most endearing places.”
-James Archambeault, Photographer & Writer (

"There’s coach and then there’s first class! Chuck Summers’ imagery and vision are first class all the way! He has managed to capture the state we both love with his own great flair. Three cheers for Chuck and Kentucky!”
-Bill Fortney, Photographer & Writer (

"You couldn’t find a better guide to Kentucky than Chuck Summers’ photographic eye. He is obviously proud of his state – this shows clearly from the range and quality of his images. Kentucky is a beautiful state and Chuck shows us some great highlights from throughout the year.”
-Rob Sheppard, longtime editor of Outdoor Photographer (

About the Author
Before focusing his attention on his home state, Dr. Chuck Summers spent 14 years capturing the beauty and splendor of North America’s national parks with his camera. He has previously published two books, A Year in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and A Year in the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. His work has also appeared in numerous national and regional magazines. These include Outdoor Photographer, PC Photo, National Parks, Backpacker, Nature’s Best, Country, Bugle, Blue Ridge Country and Wyoming Wildlife. Chuck’s photos have also appeared in Sierra Club calendars, as well as several other books and publications. An ordained minister originally from Paducah, Kentucky, Chuck currently resides in Middlesboro with his wife Bonita and dog Sierra. For more information about Chuck’s photography, visit

Preface by Martha Layne Collins
Martha Layne Collins grew up in Shelby County, Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Kentucky and was a schoolteacher until 1970. In 1979, Collins was elected Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky. She was elected the first female governor of the Commonwealth in 1983 and served until 1987, accomplishing successful endeavors in education reform and economic development. After her term as Governor, Collins served as President of St. Catharine College. Since 1998, Governor Collins has served as Executive Scholar in Residence at Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky.

Large 11" x 11" hardcover with dust jacket
192 pages with hundreds of full-color photographs

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