About the Book
While on one level, this work can be a guide book for anyone exploring the region, more importantly it can help us understand how forces, some ancient and some contemporary, influence our lives. Through this understanding, we gain a deeper sense of place. And, as the author and conservationist Paul Gruchow observed, “with out a sense of place ... we will never be truly human.”
Douglas G. Stinson was appointed to the Perinton, NY Conservation Board in 1986 and served as chairman from 1989 until 1998. Over that same period he was editior of the Crescent Trail News. Stinson served on the town’s 1989 Master Plan update committee and was the principal author of the 1990 Perinton Natural Resources Inventory. Stinson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New College in Sarasota Florida and a PhD in physics from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Mr. Stinson is a freelance photographer and writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds a B.A. from New College in Sarasota Florida and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He studied photography at the San Francisco Art Institute and is a member of the Board of Directors of PhotoAlliance. His particular interest is in the surprising connection between our sense of the aesthetic and the universality of underlying physical laws. Other work explores the relationship between form, function and design and the discovery of hidden beauty in transitional forms. Some images draw on my experience in land use planning and environmental conservation. Stinson's photographs have won awards local and regionally and have been exhibited internationally.