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.