Synopses & Reviews
"...engrossing and visually appealing...intended as a celebration of some of the world's oldest living trees....Trees from all around the world are represented...Parker's many beautiful, full-color images contribute a great deal, but what makes this book especially interesting is a discussion of the roles these trees have played through the ages in human religions, myths, economies, and everyday life....should appeal to a wide audience and is recommended for public, school, and undergraduate college libraries."--Library Journal
. Published in Association with the World Wildlife Fund!
Praise for earlier editions of Ancient Trees:
and#8220;This engrossing and visually appealing book is intended as a celebration of some of the world's oldest living trees. Parker's many beautiful, full-color images contribute a great deal, but what makes this book especially interesting is a discussion of the roles these trees have played through the ages in human religions, myths, economies, and everyday life.and#8221;and#8212;Library Journal
and#8220;More than an adornment for the coffee table.and#8221;and#8212;Washington Post
and#8220;One of my favorites . . . All the trees are awe-inspiring.and#8221;and#8212;Philadelphia Inquirer
From the Amazon to the Lebanese highlands stand ancient tress of spiritual significance to humans for millennia. Over 150 color photographs show these awe-inspiring natural wonders -- all at least 1000 years old and many with a potential lifes-pan of 9,000 years-and reveal the special meaning of each. A timeline shows the incredible changes some of these species have witnessed, from the building of the pyramids to man landing on the moon, and offers a glimpse of their possible future. Published in Association with the World Wildlife Fund!
Celebrate some of the most beautiful, longest-living organisms on the planet: trees that have survived 1,000 years. Stunning photos capture species ranging from European Oaks and California Redwoods to Africa's and#8220;upside-downand#8221; Baobabs and Asian Ginkgos. Illuminating and visually striking, this edition of Ancient Trees features new photography and revised text, plus botanical details, the trees' mythical associations, and information on where to see these magnificent plants.
About the Author
Anna Lewington is a well-known writer and researcher on the uses people make of plants. Her previous books include Plants for People (Transworld Publishers), The Wayland Atlas of Rain Forests (Hodder Wayland Childrens), and several educational books. She took part in BBC TV's Rough Science.and#160;Edward Parker is a renowned and prize-winning photographer who has worked in more than 30 countries documenting environmental issues. He is the project manager of the Ancient Tree Hunt.
Table of Contents
Redwood, the phoenix tree -- Bristlecone pine, the tree that rewrote history -- Montezuma cypress, swamp giant -- Monkey puzzle, tree of fire and ice -- Amazonian ancients, five survivors -- Yew, the guardian of time -- Oak, spirit of the wildwood -- Sweet chestnut, tree of protection -- Lime, the dragon tree -- Olive, tree of peace -- Welwitschia, dwarf tree of the Namib Desert -- Baobab, upside-down tree -- Kauri, lord of the forest -- Totara, sacred tree of the Maoris -- Antarctic beech, survivor from Gondwanaland -- Fig, sacred tree of the Old World -- Cedar, tree of the gods -- Ginkgo, the dinosaur tree.