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Seeing Trees: Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees Hardcover – August 16, 2011
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Seeing Trees opens our eyes to a tree's shy magnificence and invites us to deepen our relationship with these earthly treasures.
Seeing Trees opens our eyes to a tree’s shy magnificence and invites us to deepen our relationship with these earthly treasures.
“Vivid, fascinating botanical biographies.”
“A whole new world of tree mystery has opened up.”
“If you love trees, or if you love good photography, you will love this book.”
“A new exciting book.”
“Gorgeous images & observations.”
“You will begin to appreciate trees in a whole new way.”
“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.”
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 plants 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. His book Washington, The Capital was an official diplomatic gift of the White House and State Department. Llewellyn’s previous books, Seeing Trees and Seeing Flowers have both earned glowing reviews; Seeing Trees was chosen as one of the best gardening books of the year by the New York Times. To learn more about Robert Llewellyn and his work, visit www.robertllewellyn.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fabulous reading. Extraordinary subject matter and difficult to put down. Very creative and moving.Published 19 days ago by Elizabeth Geren
Bought this as a gift for a friend who is a gardener and nature-lover to enjoy while recovering from surgery. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Well done,a nice addition to the library as both a Master Gardener and a photographer.Published 2 months ago by Gary Anderson
Although I am only about 1/4 way through, the book has opened my eyes to the fine detail of trees and has increased my appreciation of these great beings in our lives.Published 9 months ago by David LaMont
I loved the author's constant and infectious sense of wonder. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys learning and who loves being outdoors. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jay McLaughlin
FABULOUS book, photos and layout are amazing and so beautiful. I can tell how much work and effort went into this product and it shows. A true resource and piece of art!Published 10 months ago by thisisme