If that's a mouthful, worry not. The reading of the book is assuredly a riveting and enjoyable visit with the Creek and the developments it has witnessed over time. It’s also an elegant telling of our region’s history as seen through an undeniable force flowing from long ago to today’s region of distinction.
The very distinguished E.O. Wilson, Alabama native and Professor of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University, had an early look at the book. He writes, "I've now studied the proof of the Shades Creek volume. And I'm enthralled. The book will help to shape the image of our city closer to the reality of its charmed beauty."
Others see it as a call to action for future generations. Henry Hughes and Michelle Blackwood of Friends of Shades Creek say, "This book is a first step toward understanding the ecological and human history of Shades Creek, restoring what has been lost, and preventing unnecessary loss by employing techniques of preservation and intelligent design where development is inevitable."
Accompanying the book's words are 365 photographs, maps and drawings to layer the narrative with visuals--from aaaah to informative. "We at the Birmingham Historical Society consider this one of our most important publications to date," says Marjorie White, BHS executive director, "It continues our mission to fully explore the resources--natural and man-made--that form the city and region we represent and cherish."