- Hardcover: 104 pages
- Publisher: Abbeville Press (September 9, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780789211958
- ISBN-13: 978-0789211958
- ASIN: 0789211955
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.8 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 114 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time Hardcover – September 9, 2014
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"A project with weight and lasting beauty Ancient Trees provides the kind of thorough and thoughtful portrait that each of these majestic long-lived survivors deserves.” Christian Science Monitor
[Moon] creates magical images that in their blacks and whites, silvers and grays, capture the marvel of arboreal forms and textures . . . [a] jewel of a book.” Booklist, Starred Review
"Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time is well named. One cannot look at Beth Moon's images of gnarled, overgrown trees and not feel the intrinsic gravity of time." Printers Row Journal, Chicago Tribune
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"Trees are notoriously hard to photograph, but Moon captures their individuality with reverent portrayals these are lavish, awe-inspiring pictures...Crossing with ease between realms of natural history and art, this will appeal to all with even the mildest horticultural or photographic interests.” Library Journal
Beth Moon’s stunning images capture the power and mystery of the world’s remaining ancient trees. These hoary forest sentinels are among the oldest living things on the planet, and it is desperately important that we do all in our power to ensure their survival. I want my grandchildrenand theirsto know the wonder of such trees in life and not only from photographs of things long gone. Beth’s portraits will surely inspire many to help those working to save these magnificent trees.”
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Unfortunately, she made the decision to put just a plate on each page, then put a separate section in the back with thumbnails & a very brief explanation for each. At least she got the Latin names & locations for them. She could have easily put the explanation on most pages & on a facing page otherwise & I wish she had. Flipping back & forth sucked. The paucity of information was just plain frustrating. Luckily, I do have good references. As a coffee table book for someone who really appreciates photography & trees, this is a darn good book. I'm such a person as is my wife.
The book is nicely balanced with an introduction by the author, an article on the form and function of ancient trees by Todd Forrest, 62 tree pictures followed by 15 pages of captions, closing comments on the art of the tree by Steven Brown, and a 2-page index of the trees shown.
I highly recommend this book for those interested in unusual trees and nature in general.