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Seeing Trees: Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees Hardcover – August 16, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604692197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604692198
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A beautifully produced and photographed new book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to know more about this fascinating group of plants both in the wild or in your backyard.
(Mary Beth Breckenridge Akron Beacon Journal)

Filled with arresting close-ups.
(Kathy Purdy The Cleveland Plain Dealer)

You’ll be dazzled.
(Kathy Zarsky Albemarle)

Seeing Trees opens our eyes to a tree's shy magnificence and invites us to deepen our relationship with these earthly treasures.

 

(Sandy Hausman Albemarle)

Seeing Trees opens our eyes to a tree’s shy magnificence and invites us to deepen our relationship with these earthly treasures.

(Jim Chatfield Reader's Digest)

“Vivid, fascinating botanical biographies.”

(Dominique Browning Outdoor Photographer)

"The resulting images are full of detail.”
(Mary Ellen Snodgrass Danger Garden Blog)

“A whole new world of tree mystery has opened up.”

(Cold Climate Gardening.com)

“If you love trees, or if you love good photography, you will love this book.”

(Botanical Art Painting)

“A new exciting book.”

(Holos Collaborative)

“Gorgeous images & observations.”

 

(A Charlotte Garden.com)

“You will begin to appreciate trees in a whole new way.”

(Book News)

"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."
(Library Journal)

“This fascinating celebration of trees will delight gardeners, botanists, students of natural history, and nature photographers.”
(Seattle Times)

“The book to change us all into unabashed tree worshippers.”
(Philadelphia Inquirer)

“A splendid book.”
(PatientGardener.com)

"The only way I can describe my reaction to receiving Seeing Trees was like a child being taken into a sweet shop.”
(CommonWeeder.com)

“A beautiful and exciting book.”
(Reference and Research Book News)

“Hugo writes with real passion about trees…. Beautifully produced and fascinating to read.”
(Horticulture Magazine)

“A botanical masterpiece.”
(WVTV)

“Filled with surprises.”
(Beacon Journal)

“Their call to seeing what nature offers is magical and the photographs are works of art.”
(North Coast Gardening)

"This seems like the sort of book which sprinkles a bit of fairy dust on something we see everyday, so that just taking a walk or stepping outside feels magical and fresh."
(Red Dirt Ramblings)

“If you love books and nature, this is one to own for reference and to ponder during the long winter months.”
(MyHortus.com)

“A captivating book.”
(UnderMyAppleTree.com)

“A gorgeous book, a great reference and a beautiful addition to the nature lover’s bookshelf.”
(WeatherProofingYourLandscape.com)

“Will take your breath away.”
(New York Times)

“My favorite new book this season is Seeing Trees…This book is made for us nearsighted gardeners, who long ago learned the thrill of peering at plants.”
(Chicago Tribune)

“You can't help but be bowled over by the beauty at play in the science.”
(Washington Post)

“The authors have brought the level of observation to new heights.”
(Houston Chronicle)

 “Through [Llewellyn’s] lens we take flight with a red maple’s charming helicopterlike seed pods and can almost feel the smooth, muscular, steel-gray bark of an ironwood.”

(San Francisco Chronicle)

“Llewellyn’s extraordinarily crisp photographs alone force the reader to consider trees differently, if only because there are so few illustrations of entire trees, trunk, crown and all.”
(American Reference Books Annual)

"An idiosyncratic portrait of common trees and their life span, Hugo’s book introduces aspects of tree culture that delight and bemuse."

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 nancyrosshugo.com.



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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This book has the most beautiful photographs of details of trees.
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This is a gorgeous book, a great reference and a beautiful addition to the nature lover's bookshelf.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By JD on October 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a must have book for anyone interested in learning more about the common trees that populate your streets and yard. It shows close up and in stunning detail photos of the leaves, flowers, bark, and reproductive parts. The photography was done using a microscope and multiple shots of the same tree parts that are then stitched together to create a closeup that is seldom seen.

I photograph trees for the Botanical Garden where the author used to work. As a volunteer I am helping to create a Tree Tour that will soon be released for public education. I read this book with awe and confirmation on things I have photographed on many of the trees covered in the book but was not sure I got my facts right even after a full search. I also learned so much more than I could find on-line from the detail writing and photographs.

I would recommend this book to parents with children of all ages, even young children as they can be the most observant and very cleaver in what they see. As the adult read the book and then find the trees in your neighborhood. Have your children go through this process with you by collecting samples of the tree parts and leaning why they look the way they do or how they function. Even children under 4 will enjoy collecting and pressing leaves throughout the season and discovering the hard to find flowers of many deciduous trees. For older children that are curious about how trees reproduce and are of an age to start teaching them "the facts of life" this is a gentle way to take them through the process allowing them to appreciate the beauty and complexity of reproduction.

As a botanist I appreciate that she kept the language nontechnical as many people are turned off by the use of Latin and complicated ways botanist call tree parts.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By M. Denham on September 9, 2011
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Looking through this book amazed me about how little I had observed about some of my favorite trees. I am looking forward to the winter time when I can use the pictures of the buds to practice my winter identification of trees and of course to next spring to capture the blooms when they first emerge. Nancy is right when you mentions you will see trees with different eyes after reading this book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Leslie VINE VOICE on November 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Trees are all around us. We see trees everywhere, whether we live in the city or the country, but do we really look at them and appreciate them? Or have they become commonplace, a part of the scenery? Seeing Trees takes a close up look at many trees we pass by everyday.

As a bird watcher I am familiar with a lot of trees as both a home for the birds and as their food source. I spend a lot of time seeing the trees up close through my binoculars or camera lens as I'm following the birds. I have gone on nature trail tree walks and observed the trees and their structure, but this book goes a step further and delves into the fascinating detail of the smallest individual parts of the tree.

Seeing Trees is not just descriptions of trees, it is also a fantastic display of photography. Using special software, photographer Robert Llewellyn has produced gorgeous close up images of various parts of the tree. The images were produced by stitching together multiple photos taken at different focal points to create incredibly sharp and detailed photos.

The book is divided into two main parts, the first third discusses the different traits of trees such as leaves, flowers, fruit, buds, bark and twigs and the remainder is an intimate look at ten featured trees (American Beech, Ginkgo, Red Maple, Southern Magnolia, Tulip Poplar, White Oak, White Pine, American Sycamore, Black Walnut and Eastern Red Cedar), all common in North America. Interesting facts are presented in an easy to understand, conversational format. Spread throughout the text are the beautiful, detailed photos that I can't say enough wonderful things about.

The more you look at a tree the more you will see. Two of the ten featured trees are ones I have in my own yard.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A. Sams on September 24, 2011
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This is one of those books I just couldn't put down! Written so well, and such a wealth of information, things I just wouldn't have dreamed about trees. The photography is stunning, and gives macro views of details that I haven't seen anywhere else. Truly a "keeper", and a book I will be re-reading, and will keep close at hand especially next spring when Mother Nature starts waking trees again.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Felpa on January 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The book has two parts: an overview of what to look for in the elements of a tree, and a detailed study of ten trees common to Central Virginia. It is illustrated throughout with uncommonly beautiful photography.

The writing is bloggy. The author's intention is to introduce the reader to tree-appreciation through describing her own experiences, so she talks a lot about herself - what she read on someone's blog, what she imagines other people are thinking about her, and "I wonder whether...". What she does know is extremely interesting, and she goes into great detail. I'd like to see her do a more comprehensive, orderly study of trees.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dale Chadwick on November 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Seeing Trees is a delight. The author's enthusiasm is infectious and the photography is first-rate. I do have one criticism: The author speaks of others descriptions of mature bark, mostly to point out their shortcomings, and offers a few of her own but there are few pictures of bark. A substantial flaw, in my opinion, since bark is as distinctive and interesting as leaves, flowers, or buds.
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