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WILD AND WONDERFUL THE WILDLIFE OF WEST VIRGINIA - $9.95 + S&H - 6"x9", soft cover , 72 pages, 71+ full color photographs.

 $9.95 + S&H

Two of West Virginia’s premier observers of nature combine their expertise to showcase some of the State’s most fascinating and beautiful creatures. Through the lens of a camera, Steve Shaluta captures exquisite photos of wildlife while Dr.Edwin Michael uses the lenses of binoculars to describe the same creatures in terms we can all understand.  The authors present a diverse group of West Virginia wildlife that enhance our outdoor excursions. This book features a wide range of the more prominent animals. While some are now common, others occur only in specific habitats.  Some are relatively rare, some are recent newcomers, and some no longer exist in the wild in West Virginia.  Each photograph is accompanied by fascinating facts about the species, with special references to their lives in West Virginia.

 

 

 


MAIL POUCH BARNS OF WEST VIRGINIA - $14.95 + S&H - 8.5"x8.5", soft cover, 144 pages, 143 full color photographs.

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As a professional outdoor photographer, I frequently observed and enjoyed the many Mail Pouch barns around the state. I was struck by how many there were, and occasionally I would photograph an especially attractive or unusual one. But that habit changed in 2003. I decided to locate and photograph all the existing Mail Pouch barns in West Virginia.  I visited the headquarters of Mail Pouch Tobacco in Wheeling to obtain records of the locations of the painted Mail Pouch barns. Most of these barns were painted by the man known as “the last Mail Pouch barn painter,” Harley Warrick. Records were limited, but the personnel at Mail Pouch Tobacco were extremely helpful, so with limited records in hand...off  I went in search of my Mail Pouch treasures.  Most of the images in this book were photographed over a 2 ˝ year period from 2003 to 2005, when I spent most weekends and logged many miles traveling with my notes and trusty Gazetteer. During my search I realized that not only barns but also many buildings bore these wonderfully graphic and distinctive Mail Pouch advertisements. I decided to include in my quest any building or sign with a historical Mail Pouch advertisement painted on it. Anything painted by Harley was automatically included. After he retired from Mail Pouch, he continued to privately paint Mail Pouch barns and signs until his death in November 2000.  Sit back, relax and travel these WV back road with me, taking a visual journey into the past and present.  For the more adventurous type, use the provided directions to visit these locations yourself.  Perhaps you can find a sign or two that I missed.

 

 

 
WEST VIRGINIA BEAUTY...Familiar & Rare
- $34.95 + S&H - 10.25 x 13.5, hardcover coffee table, 128 pages, 170 full color photographs.

$34.95 + S&H  

West Virginia Beauty - the Mountain State.  To those familiar with West Virginia, those two phrases go hand in hand.  West Virginians know how beautiful their state is, and they know the special places that define that beauty for them, be it out their kitchen window or their favorite vacation spot.  And they also love when that beauty is captured in photographs to share with loved ones, near and far.  Hence, West Virginia Beauty: Familiar and Rare, which once again teams award winning photographer Steve Shaluta and writer/entrepreneur Jeanne Mozier.  Together—as they did with their successful Wonders of West Virginia—they have produced another love letter to the state in the form of a coffee table book.  This book showcases the state’s beauty, including amazing geography, extraordinary wildlife, numerous historic sites, exciting recreational opportunities and more.

 

 

 

 LAB WORK...working like a dog - $34.95, 8"x10", hardcover, 30 pages, 13 full color photographs.

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 If you love dogs, (especially Labs), you'll love "Lab Work". 
 Steve and Vickie Shaluta and their wonderful chocolate Labrador Retriever,
 Scarlet, take you on a visual, humorous journey that is sure to tickle your funny bone.

 The 1st 15 pages of this book can be viewed by clicking on the Blurb icon.  This is Steve's first venture into "publish on demand" books.  Because these type of books are printed individually, as purchased, the savings of volume printing is not available, so they are more expensive to print...thus the price.

 

 

     

 WEST VIRGINIA MAIL POUCH...a photographers view$54.95, 8"x10", hardcover, 154 pages, 152 full color photographs.

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Crisscrossing West Virginia's backroads Steve Shaluta has searched for, found and photographed the Mail Pouch advertisement painted barns and signs that for so many years have dotted the landscape of   Appalachia.  Included with accurate directions for each barn and sign location, this book is a must have for anyone interested in searching for Americana.

The 1st 15 pages of this book can be viewed by clicking on the Blurb icon.  This is Steve's first venture into "publish on demand" books.  Because these type of books are printed individually, as purchased, the  savings of volume printing is not available, so they are more expensive to print...thus the price.


     

     

WONDERS OF WEST VIRGINIA - 10.25 x 13.5, hardcover coffee table, 128 pages, 161 full color photographs

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Photography by Steve Shaluta with text by Jeanne Mozier

Photographer Steve Shaluta brings us images of a state filled with unique places and things, many of them wild and most of them wonderful. This book pairs the esteemed and artistic photographs of Steve Shaluta with vibrant commentary from West Virginia writer and arts expert Jeanne Mozier. Together they take us on a tour of what makes West Virginia a very special place.

At a time when it may be difficult to connect with nature, and the demands on our time are enormous, this book offers a wonderful respite. It reminds those of us lucky enough to live in or visit West Virginia that not only do we live among beautiful surroundings, but the state, in a way, permits us to go back in time. Back to a time and place where things moved at a slower pace, and the natural world was a constant in our daily lives. 

 

 

WEST VIRGINIA IMPRESSIONS - 9⅛" x 8⅛" softcover, 80 pages, 89 full color photographs. 

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 Photography by Bryan Lemasters and Steve Shaluta.

In This photographic tribute to the Mountain State, Lemasters and Shaulta skillfully capture the unique character of West Virginia, from the pristine forests in the Dolly Sods Wilderness to class V river runs, from the New River Gorge Bridge to cardinals perched in snow-covered trees. Informative captions accompany the exquisite photography showcasing all regions of the state in every glorious season
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COVERED BRIDGES IN WEST VIRGINIA - $8.95, 6"x9", 64 pages, paperback

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Travel down West Virginia's country roads with photographer Steve Shaluta and relish the view as he skillfully points his camera lens upon the state's covered bridges.  Shaluta's photographs of the state and it's seventeen remaining covered bridges are magnificent.  They evoke images of a time gone by, when horses and wagons traveled these bridges to cross local creeks or do business at the mill.  And so are they named: Herns Mill, Simpson Creek, Fish Creek, Hokes Mill, and so forth.  At one time there were probably over 100 covered bridges in the state; today we are fortunate to have remaining seventeen, which are being protected and restored.  At the same time these portraits depict tremendous West Virginia landscapes during all four seasons.  A FEW STILL AVAILABLE IN BOOK STORES

 

 

THE STATE PARKS OF WEST VIRGINIA - $8.95, 6"x9", 64 pages, paperback

   $8.95 plus S&H

West Virginia is home to an extensive and awe-inspiring array of state parks.  The State Parks of West Virginia features magnificent color photographs of each park in the state.  Photographer Steve Shaluta depicts a still deer in the snow at Canaan Valley; avid re-enactors dressed in blue and gray at Droop Mountain; the thrilling views at Hawks Nest, and more.  These photographs will enhance your appreciation of our state's beauty, and is a wonderful souvenir of your visits to it's state parks.  NOW AVAILABLE IN BOOK STORES