The city of Vancouver, more so than many other cities, is surrounded by wild landscapes. In this magnificent photographic collection, Graham Osborne's stellar images showcase the giant western red cedars of the rain forest, the snow-covered peaks of the coastal mountains, and orange and purple sea stars in shimmering pools. Other photographs depict the city at night, illuminated by a full moon; spawning sockeye struggling against the river current; and a glorious sunrise flooding the misty Fraser Valley. The rich text by Richard Cannings introduces the animals that live in the diverse ecosystems of this region, including lungless salamanders, horned larks, and bighorn sheep. Cannings also describes the intimate partnership between fungi and tree roots, the role of fire in mountain forests, and the mixing of fresh and salt water that gives the Vancouver coastline its wealth of sea.