I so agree with what the other reviewers said. The essays on the 4 seasons are the real stars of this book and actually outshine the 260 photos in my opinion. They read like poetry, inspiring pride in our country and what it means to be a Canadian. Follow it up with a few books by Pierre Berton and you will start to swell with love and pride at all it means to be Canadian, maybe even ready to stand up and sing "O Canada" (in polite Canadian-mode of course!) as enthusiastically as our neighbours "down under" do their own anthem. I heartily recommend this volume as a meditation to soothe the soul and spirit and as a companion with which to consider and enjoy each season.