National Geographic: The Wildlife Photographs
has just what we expect from the National Geographic Society: unforgettable images of animals in the wild. Page after page takes viewers into the private world of animals and reveals such sights as a dense furry nest of bats, the perfectly etched feathers on the back of a bald eagle's head, cheetah cubs dining on an impala, or a bleak forest of garden eels at the bottom of the Red Sea. The book is not without a mission: essays on habitat and endangered ecosystems underscore how precious the lives of these creatures are.
Editors at National Geographic
present a collection of more than 170 wildlife images from a magazine justifiably famous for its photography. Since 1903 National Geographic
has published pioneering photos of rare animals, which accompany stories about the environments they inhabit. This eclectic collection gathers these photos into five chapters organized by habitat. Temperate forests are the first subject, highlighting animals such as loons, grizzlies, and snapping turtles. Lions, blackbucks, and African wild dogs are featured in a chapter on the open country, and sharks, mantas, and manatees fill the oceans section. Tropical forests present photos of quetzals, tigers, and blue morpho butterflies, and polar bears, reindeer, and penguins are pictured at the ends of the earth. A sidebar portfolio in each section features the work of one photographer well known for his or her images of animals from the featured habitat. Mitchell's text gives information on each region, discussing the environment, the politics of conservation, and a profile of the featured photographer. This beautiful book will be welcome in large photography collections. Nancy BentCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved