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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (September 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554073871
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554073870
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leaves are one of nature's more underappreciated gits. The 225 color photographs displayed on these pages show them off in full glory with close-ups revealing their incredible diversity of shapes, colors and textures. Accompanying the photos is an insightfully written guide explaining the physical qualities, uses and science behind leaves. (Outdoor Photographer 2009-12-01)

"The photographs are attractive and interesting, and collectively, they present the diversity of plant leaves... This is a book suited for home coffee tables, for waiting rooms of businesses or hospitals, and for school and public libraries. It would also be useful in public schools as an example of the types of leaves that might be a part of a biology student's leaf collection assignment.... Often, a book reviewer finds the task onerous, but this was certainly not the case for Extraordinary Leaves. (Oval Myers, Jr., Southern Illinois University Science Books and Films 2009-04-01)

Flowers get most of the attention in a garden, but it's the leaves that provide the setting for their grandeur. Their quiet beauty is showcased in this stunning collection of more than 225 close-up photographs with accompanying text....Soothing and artistic, this book will stand the test of time. (Harriet Zeldman Winnipeg Free Press 2008-12-07)

Stephen Green-Armytage has captured through his camera lens the astonishing beauty of leaves in this colorful volume celebrating the diversity of plant foliage.... The fascinating text by the knowledgeable horticulturist and landscape designer Dennis Schrader that accompanies each chapter is informative... His narrative causes the reader to think more deeply about the importance of leaves in raising the quality of life on the planet. (The National Gardener 2009-01-01)

Published in an oversized format (9.25 x 11.25)...and filled with full-page color plates of outstanding quality, this book offers an extended meditation on the many aesthetic qualities of leaves. Carefully lit portraits of single leaf examples are arranged into sections such as pattern, edges, kale, texture, shape, and autumn, interspersed with one-page essays about individual plants by Schrader. (SciTech Book News 2009-09-00)

Exquisite photographs get you up close and personal with poinsettia, holly, lettuce, tobacco, moss and marijuana. This is an inspired celebration of colour and pattern, form and texture that will make you see leaves in a whole new light. (The Globe and Mail 2008-12-06)

I had no idea that I would lust after a coffee-table book, but then I saw Extraordinary Leaves. (Marjorie Harris National Post 2008-11-25)

Extraordinary Leaves will encourage you to examine the leaves on your plants as they emerge next season. (Joel M. Lerner, president Environmental Design The Washington Post 2008-12-13)

A celebration of foliage in its many forms. (Newsday (NY) 2008-12-07)

Extraordinary Leaves will encourage you to examine the leaves on your plants as they emerge next season. (Times-News (Twin Falls ID) 2008-12-23)

This is an endlessly pleasing, frequently astonishing celebration of shape, colour and texture from one of nature's common little miracles. (The Ottawa Citizen 2008-12-14)

Stephen Green-Armytage has captured through his camera the astonishing beauty of leaves in this colorful volume, which extols their individuality. (Marilyn K. Alaimo Chicago Botanic Garden 2008-10-31)

An artistic, mostly photographic celebration of the glorious diversity of leaf forms, shapes, colors and textures. (George Weigel Patriot-News (Harrisburg PA) 2008-12-11)

In a world where we often seem to run too fast, pay too little attention, I am a wholesale subscriber to whatever comes my way to make me slow down and take notice. Thus, I cannot get enough page-turning as I pore--slowly--over an extraordinary and beautiful book, called simply, "Extraordinary Leaves," with photographs by Stephen Green-Armytage and text by Dennis Schrader. It is a coffee-table tome, to be sure, one that beckons you to turn the page reverently, to stop and marvel at the magnificence of something so simple as produce-aisle chard, or even red-leaf lettuce. To behold the poetry of unfurling ostrich fern. To realize the architecture of banana leaf. Through the lens of Green-Armytage's camera, we look at the leaf from nearly every imaginable angle: color, pattern, edge, texture, shape and size. How glorious that this work of art invites us to spend even a few blessed passages of time paying close attention. (Barbara Mahany Chicago Tribune 2008-12-07)

This is a fresh hint of green against the white backdrop of winter. (Photo Life 2009-01-13)

With the surprisingly arresting photos by Stephen Green-Armytage, "Extraordinary Leaves" does what many books can't: It gives you new appreciation for the extraordinary in the ordinary things around you. (Star Tribune (Minneapolis) 2008-11-19)

You don't need to be a foliage aficionado to appreciate "Extraordinary Leaves".... You don't need to be a botanist or a gardener. What you do need is a love of beauty and an appreciation for plant particulars.... Besides the gorgeous photos, you'll be treated to nuggets of knowledge... This book gives one a newfound appreciation for leaves.... Whether you are looking for a holiday gift or just appreciate plants and beautiful photography, this is a relevant book. (blog.oregonlive.com (The Oregonian, Portland, WA) 2008-11-00)

The collaboration between writer Dennis Schrader and photographer Stephen Green-Armytage on Extraordinary Leaves offers an abundance of color, texture and shape that will forever change your view of foliage. (Garden Design 2009-02-00)

An extraordinary book. These are more than 225 leaves at their finest, captured in artistic moments, with as complementary amount of text. The photographer groups them by color, edge, pattern, texture, shape, size and other categories. Against a black background, the sharp, bright orange thorns of the porcupine tomato protect the leaves, the Chictori red flowering kale leaves are reminiscent of coral; a close-up of the gradations of reds in a Canna Pretoria leaf is a work of art, and the mimosa silk tree leaves present an extraordinary pattern. (Sharon Wootton The Olympian, WA 2009-01-03)

Dennis Schrader's informative text plays second fiddle to Stephen Green-Armytage's ravishing photographs of leaves -- some of the most beautiful I've ever seen. From cannas and cannabis to lettuce and lotus, with chapters on colour, pattern, shape and texture, the diversity of plant material is sensational. (Stephen Westcott-Gratton Metro (Toronto, ON) 2009-04-30)

The photographs are attractive and interesting, and collectively, they present the diversity of plant leaves... This is a book suited for home coffee tables, for waiting rooms of businesses or hospitals, and for school and public libraries. It would also be useful in public schools as an example of the types of leaves that might be a part of a biology student's leaf collection assignment.... Often, a book reviewer finds the task onerous, but this was certainly not the case for Extraordinary Leaves. (Oval Myers, Jr., Southern Illinois University Science Books and Films 2009-04-01)

Extraordinary Leaves will open your eyes to appreciate a world of beauty that you might never have stopped to look at before... Rich photographs of both common and exotic leaves on thick glossy pages paired with valuable horticultural text... This unusual collaboration of professional, beautiful photography with stories, data, and historical reference makes for an unusual coffee table book that is both a pleasure to look at and read. (Washington Gardener (Washington, DC) 2009-04-00)

A fresh view of leaves. Simply taking a close look a their color, shape, and texture reveals that these deceptively ordinary things are, in reality, extraordinary. Schrader provides the highly informative text while Green-Armytage fills each page with crisp and vivid images that are certain to spark your imagination. (C.A. Boylan Shutterbug 2009-04-01)

Extraordinary Leaves is a celebration of one of nature's miracles... Photographer Stephen Green-Armytage discovered the beauty of leaves while browsing in a greenhouse. The more he looked at the intricate patterns, the more fascinated he became. His photography in this book is the result of years of study, and it is strikingly beautiful. (I Can Garden.com 2008-01-00)

About the Author

Stephen Green-Armytage's previous book, Extraordinary Chickens, proved that there is much unappreciated beauty in the natural world around us. His photographs have appeared in many other books and such magazines as Sports Illustrated, Life, Fortune and The Smithsonian.

Dennis Schrader runs a major greenhouse on Long Island. A professional horticulturalist and a regular guest on Martha Stewart Living TV, he has also worked on The Today Show, Better Homes and Gardens TV and HGTV. He is the author of Hot Plants for Cool Climates: Gardening with Tropical Plants in Temperate Zones.


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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Thomas on November 22, 2008
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Any one who considers themselves an artist needs to study the pages of this book - I use it to create fiber arts representations of botanical elements - it is just glorious to thumb through for inspiration
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Adriana Xavier on January 18, 2009
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it is, in fact, an extraordinary book. Beautiful pictures, beautiful text and inspiring shapes and colors. Very nice choice for a gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rich on March 4, 2014
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the photos were quite good, good quality printing
However, I was expecting more depth on the botany of each plant
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. M. Reynolds on September 3, 2010
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I have to assume that the author lacked the most current photographic technology. I was hoping for higher resolution images to be able to see detailed structures. That being said there are some remarkable pictures and most interesting colours.
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By B. McCallister on September 9, 2014
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Met the author in Long Island and had to have this book. I love it!
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