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Roshara Journal: Chronicling Four Seasons, Fifty Years, and 120 Acres

Roshara Journal: Chronicling Four Seasons, Fifty Years, and 120 Acres
Roshara Journal: Chronicling Four Seasons, Fifty Years, and 120 Acres
Hardcover: $29.95
128 pages, 130 color photos, 9 ¾ x 9 ¾
ISBN: 9780870207631

Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press

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By Jerry Apps

In Roshara Journal, celebrated rural life author Jerry Apps beautifully documents his family’s 50-year love affair with 120 acres. The book combines his poignant journal entries—drawn from his Roshara farm diary—with stunning photos taken by his son, professional photographer Steve Apps, to sketch a family portrait of monthly happenings on a Midwestern farm. Their photographic diary captures month-to-month and decades-long changes to the landscape and farmstead, from nurturing a prairie restoration and pine plantation to maintaining a large garden that feeds three generations, and from observing wildlife species by the dozens to supporting a population of endangered butterflies.

In the tradition of Bernd Heinrich in Maine, Barry Lopez in the Canadian Arctic, and Aldo Leopold just an hour down the road in Baraboo, Jerry and Steve Apps combine observation, experience, and reflection to tell a profound story about one place in the world. Through their poetic documentation, they remind us how, despite the pace of modern life, the seasons continue to influence our lives in ways large and small.


Jerry Apps is professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the award-winning author of 50 books on rural life. He is featured in three hour-long TV documentaries, including the Emmy Award-winning Farm Winter. He and his wife divide their time between a home in Madison, Wis., and their farm, Roshara.

Steve Apps is an award-winning photographer and chief photographer for the Wisconsin State Journal and has spent more than 30 years as a photographer. His photo coverage of the Green Bay Packers has been recognized five times by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.