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Remarkable Trees of the Worldby Thomas Pakenham
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The publication of Remarkable Trees of the Worldtook American audiences by storm. Now in a handsome paperback volume with flaps, Thomas Pakenham embarks on a five-year odyssey to most of the temperate and tropical regions of the world to photograph sixty trees of remarkable personality and presence: Dwarfs, Giants, Monuments, and Aliens; the lovingly tended midgets of Japan; the enormous strangler from India; and the 4,700-year "Old Methusalehs." American readers will be fascinated by Pakenham's first examination of North American trees, including the towering Redwoods of Sequoia and Yosemite, the gaunt Joshua Trees of Death Valley and the Bristlecone pines discovered in California's White Mountains.
Many of these trees were already famous'"champions by girth, height, volume or age'"while others had never previously been caught by the camera. Pakenham's five-year odyssey, sweating it out with a 30 pound Linhof camera and tripod, took him to most of the temperate and many of the tropical regions of the world. Although North American trees dominate this book, Pakenham also trekked to remote regions in Mexico, all over Europe, parts of Asia including Japan, northern and southern Africa, Madagascar, Australia and New Zealand.
Remarkable Trees of the Worldis a lavish work that will be treasured for generations by all those who marvel at nature.
"A stunning volume" () and the most magnificent book on the world's trees published in years.
Civilization has long been rooted in trees.and#160; They have warmed hearths, framed boats for ocean voyaging and poles for fishing those waters, hardwoods have provided shelters, and the strength of weapons in warfare.and#160; Oaks were worshipped by Druids, redwoods were a critical part of Native American ritual, as baobabs are to African tribal life and the ginkgo is to Chinese myth.and#160; And yet in spite of, or because of, the strength and fortitude of trees, virgin forests the world over have been cleared for human consumption.and#160;
In the wake of such change, in the spirited growth of heritage tree appreciation the world over, Hidden Natural Histories: Trees explains the traditional significance of 100 trees and describes their natural, culinary, medicinal, cosmetic, magical, and other properties. A combination of archival and original illustrations show tree forms and characters, and make for an easy navigation.and#160; One can either enjoy the whole forest with the trees, or tour the book one sentinel redwood at a time.
For more than a year, 69 of the worldand#8217;s best nature photographers traveled to all corners of Europe to capture the incredibly rich natural heritage of the continent. They have created more than 200,000 images of nature, some of which were published in the popular Wild Wonders of Europe. Now, Trees and Forests: Wild Wonders of Europe reveals even more of these stunning photographs, while paying tribute to the multihued beauty of trees.
From minute arboreal details to panoramas of epic proportions, the book explores the immense diversity of Europeand#8217;s forests. Organized by climate, each chapter surveys a different habitat and its resident trees, moving from the sunny woodlands of the Mediterranean, to the frostbitten Alpine terrain, and everywhere in between.
Behind the cedar aroma of fresh pencil shavings and the slightly bitter tang of orange in our marmalade are untold stories of human interactions with the natural world. Celebrating the human heritage of these and other natural phenomena, the new Hidden Natural Histories series offers fascinating insight into the cultivation and use of the bits of nature we take for granted in our daily lives. In Trees, noted garden writer Noel Kingsbury turns his penand#151;or penciland#151;to the leafy life-forms that have warmed our hearths, framed our boats for ocean voyaging, and provided us shade on summer afternoons. From the fortitude of the ancient gingko tree to artistic depictions of quince fruit in the ruins of Pompeii, Kingsbury explores the culinary, medicinal, cultural, and practical uses of a forest of tree species. Packed with informative and beautiful illustrationsand#151;both new and from historical archivesand#151;Trees will charm and enlighten anyone interested in our relationship with the natural world and will be a special delight for every gardener and chef.
About the Author
's received international acclaim. His other books include and which won the Alan Paton Award. He lives in London.
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