Sacrament: Homage to a River

The soul of California's largest river.

''Geoff Fricker shows us the Sacramento River in a way that nobody has ever done, and Rebecca Lawton eloquently urges us to take a view that is at once practical and reverent. The great river of California is honored by this fine book.''
– Tim Palmer, author of Rivers of California

In Sacrament: Homage to a River, danger and beauty stand opposite each other in stark relief. Geoff Fricker's atmospheric photographs reveal the geology, salmon runs, fluvial morphology, and human impact of the Sacramento River. In dreamlike black-and-white images, the river shows itself as both mythic and ruined, in its wild eco-systems as well as human-made influences. Rebecca Lawton's prose highlights both the transformative nature of the river and the issues that change it—and us—forever.

''The eloquence and beauty of Sacrament in describing civilization's gains, the Sac's losses, and the natural values of the remnant waterscape provide a welcome reflection upon, and counterweight to, the philosophy of 'more'.'' – Bob Center, former Executive Director, Friends of the River

Each page is an expression of the fascinating, beloved, and beleaguered ''Sac.'' Sacrament is both an emotive exhibition of the wonder of California's largest waterway and a cautionary tale of how to save the river, and us, from more degradation.