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Waterbirds Hardcover – October 1, 2009
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The book would stand alone just with the astounding photographs, but it as an adventure tale, a journey and a quest of the noblest aspirations. Ted Cross gives us the excitement of the chase, like travelogues of the Voyages of Discovery, in his quest for these perfect specimens of nature and in their discovery, we are humbled by these birds' courage, their missions, and their triumphs. It is a book that makes us think profoundly about our place in nature and the lessons we can learn from one man's passionate pilgrimage to find perfection in the world around him.
This is one of most astounding books of nature that I have ever come upon. It is in its completeness as inspiring and moving as the flights of the beloved birds within.
Who could resist? Certainly not me - I love birds, but my husband is the truly serious one (this goes in his stocking - a wonderful last minute addition).
Oh yes, you can see a number of the photos from the book on the All Things Considered article site.
From cover to cover (and this, for once, is a happily hefty tome!), the reader travels with the author-photographer along his journey--across the years and around the world--as he captures in pictures and prose the irreducible beauty of the world around us. More than anything, though, this book lifts us off our self-imposed fast track long enough to reopen those all-too-long shuttered windows on the wonder of the world we inhabit.
The photographs are, simply put, majestic. I will never look at a bird the same way again! (God alone knows how the birds will look at me.) The volume is enriched exponentially with a gentle, gracefully poised commentary (never pedantic) that invites the reader to pause and marvel at the grandeur and dignity of these creatures with whom we share our world, our lives and, at times--not often enough, our behavior. This book, photography and prose, comes to the reader clearly filtered through keen eyes and a vast and rich heart. It is, in a few words and with a nod to Cleanth Brooks, one "well wrought urn."
On a practical (read: banal) note, "Waterbirds" has solved my gifting predicaments for some time to come. This may at first look like a "coffee table book." Believe me, it won't stay on coffee tables very long. There's just too much to learn and enjoy.
Also, the use of the language used by Mr. Cross was
wonderful. I am intrigued by the travels that had to be made to complete this most enjoyable book. I read this book from cover to cover. I thank Mr. Cross for enabling me to learn about and enjoy the many birds exhibited in this absolutely wonderful book.
One bad note though - the book has been bound wrong - I was shocked to see this.
Beginning after Page 24 the page becomes Page 40 and then goes to backward to Page 25 with all of these pages in the book upside down.
I will have to return the book.
Perhaps this is why the book is "temporarily out of stock" - a disappointment for a book of this quality.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a beautiful book ! I highly recommend it for anime who loves birds . The photography is stunning.Published on January 9, 2014 by L. Hale
This is a treat for any bird lover. The photographs are simply exquisite and the book is a wonderful addition to any library!Published on November 23, 2013 by Forever Art
Theodore Cross is a superb photographer who has gone to exceptional lengths to get just the pictures he wished for...we are the beneficiaries of this effort!Published on September 3, 2013 by Jonathan D. Nottingham
Theodore Cross has captured the beauty and diversity of waterbirds. He not only displays the birds' vast array of sizes, shapes, colors and behaviors but writes with love and... Read morePublished on July 6, 2010 by ChloeWalker
The most beautiful collection of bird photographs I have ever seen. Each one could be framed.The best bird book since Sibley, and to paraphrase one reviewer "This would have been... Read morePublished on March 20, 2010 by Robert M. Reece MD
This is an incredible book; so much book for the money they must be losing money on it, Proudly display this man's book in your home ASAP... You will be so happy you did. Read morePublished on January 27, 2010 by Timothy Mcshane
Reminds you how wonderful life is and how we must never cease from protecting habitat for the planets exquisite creatures.... Read morePublished on January 27, 2010 by Lily Schlien