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Seeing Trees: Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees


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Have you ever seen the delicate flowers of a red maple? The emerging leaves of a tulip poplar? The twigs of a beech? When you look at a tree up close, you begin to appreciate trees in a whole new way. Seeing Trees invites readers to watch trees with the care and sensitivity that birdwatchers watch birds. Focusing on 10 common trees of North America, Nancy Ross Hugo highlights the rewards of tree viewing and describes some of the most visually interesting leaves, flowers, fruits, buds, leaf scars, twigs, and bark of familiar trees.  Using software developed for work with microscopes, Robert Llewellyn created incredibly sharp close-up photographs of the tree detail by stitching together 8 to 45 images of each subject—each shot at a different focal point.  The combination of these lavish photos with Nancy Ross Hugos writing makes each page come alive with the beauty of the growing process. The result is a gorgeous journey into the life cycle of trees.

Featured trees include the American Beech, Ginkgo, Red Maple, Southern Magnolia, Tulip Poplar, White Oak, White Pine, American Sycamore, Black Walnut and Eastern Red Cedar.

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Hugo writes with real passion about trees, describing their qualities, flowers, fruits, barks, and unique characteristics, and including her own observations and experiments with cuttings and seedlings. She is articulate and enthusiastic, making this an ideal volume for beginning observers of trees. Rather than photos of full-grown specimens, the volume features the amazingly 3-dimensional views of tree flowers, cones, bracts, leaves, fruits, bark, and other tree parts, composed digitally from multiple views by veteran tree and landscape photographer Llewwllyn. Following a lengthy essay on the general properties of trees, there are ten chapters on as many trees, among them the ginkgo, red maple, southern magnolia, and white pine. Beautifully produced and fascinating to read, the volume is oversized, at 9x10.25". Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Nancy Ross Hugo has been combining her love of the outdoors with her love of the written word for more than thirty years, as garden columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, education manager at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and writer for Virginia Wildlife, Horticulture, and American Forests, among other publications. She is co-author, with Jeff Kirwan, of Remarkable Trees of Virginia (2008) and, in collaboration with photographer Robert Llewellyn, of Seeing Trees (2011), upon which this book is based. Nancy and her husband, John, divide their time between Howardsville and Ashland, Virginia. Visit her at

Robert Llewellyn has been photographing trees and landscapes for more than forty years. His photographs have been featured in major art exhibits, and more than thirty books featuring his photography are in print, including Seeing Flowers and Seeing Trees. His book Washington: The Capital was an official diplomatic gift of the White House and State Department, and Remarkable Trees of Virginia, the culmination of his four-year project photographing trees, has been called “a spectacular tribute to Virginia’s native trees.” 

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iowa davenport, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by iowa davenport)
In a year filled with difficulty, this uniquely personal reflection upon SEEING trees offered a comforting, slower, simpler, way to view the world at hand. Visual and cerebral aspirin for the soul.
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Hugo, Nancy R
Timber Press (OR)
Llewellyn, Robert
Hugo, Nancy Ross
Hugo, Nancy R.
General Nature
NATURE / Trees
Nature - Trees & Forests
Nature Studies-Trees
NATURE / Plants / Trees
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10 x 8.5 in

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