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Kemper explores beautiful places

John Kemper, author of Southern Oregon's Bird Life and Birding Northern California will present a slide show about his newest book, "Exploring Southern Oregon's Beautiful Places," at 7:30 p.m., tonight at Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland. He will sign copies of his books at that time.

Kemper says his new book is a celebration of the beauty of Southern Oregon extending from the coast, through the Rogue Valley, to the Klamath Basin. "Southern Oregon has one of the best parts of the Pacific Coast, and the Siskiyous and southern cascades have a combination of accessibility and beauty that makes them special," He says.

The book combines scenery with natural history. It is not a hiking guide in the usual sense, but includes many short hikes leading to beauty spots. It has 242 color photos featuring mountain peaks, rugged coastlines, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and wildflowers. The slide show will include some of the best photos from the book.

Kemper was born in Portland, Oregon, but lived most of his life in California. He has traveled to all corners of North America, mostly on birding trips, but claims that Southern Oregon is the best of all. He and his wife, Bobbie, now live in Medford, and their daughter, Kathleen Mattson, and her family live in Ashland.