If a picture truly contains a thousand words, it’s surely worth asking what those words are. In the case of his personal opus, Mike Grandmaison’s Prairie and Beyond, the pictures communicate the vision of an extraordinary photographer and the grand theme of our time: our natural inheritance in context. Context in this case is something that becomes clear through the variety of images contained in the book. If we think of the prairie only in economic terms, we easily forget that no one type of ecosystem exists in isolation. Grandmaison’s achievement here is to show the diversity of living systems on the prairie and, with a starkness hard to achieve, the vital interconnection between each. The images presented here are all from Saskatchewan. The book contains images from across the Canadian prairie, helping us understand our part in the context of the whole.