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The Life & Love of Trees Hardcover – October 14, 2009

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Photographer Blackwell draws on his experience as head of creative development at Getty Images to inspire an international troupe of stellar nature photographers to portray with exquisite artistry trees and forests. The result is a gorgeous, generously proportioned showcase dedicated to celebrating the planet’s longest living entities, “the ultimate survivalists,” and advocating for worldwide protection of trees and forests. Blackwell covers a remarkable amount of information about the lives of trees and their phenomenal contribution to human life in his quote-laced commentary, succinctly concluding, “Without them, there is no us.” While Blackwell analyzes the threats facing forests, and assures readers that every tree planted is a bid for life, the book’s dramatic and surprising photographs dazzle with the astonishing ingenuity, diversity, and beauty, both majestic and intimate, of trees—from close-ups of veined leaves, sculptural roots, and tapestried bark to panoramas of forest cathedrals, trees standing in a froth of bluebells, and trees with limbs raised like sylvan Rockettes. Each tree is a universe to the many life-forms it harbors; each is an oxygen-providing “savior of the planet.” --Donna Seaman

About the Author

Lewis Blackwell founded Creative Review magazine and was world head of creative development at Getty Images for 10 years. He lives in London and Italy.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: PQ Blackwell / Chronicle Books (October 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0473150956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0473150952
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.1 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a beautiful tribute to trees. I bought it primarily for the photographs, which are breathtaking, but I am enjoying the text as well. It is much more informative than I expected, and the photographs are as stunning as I had hoped.
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By Woof on January 16, 2010
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After reading a review of this book, I purchased it as a gift for my best friend who is an artist. I glanced through it before wrapping it to send to her, and almost kept it! I stared mesmerized at each page...the photos are simply stunning. I have never seen anything like this book before! My friend called me after receiving this stammering for words, and told me she had only made it to page 3 before calling me.
This book will now be what I give special people in my life as gifts!!
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The photography is beautifully presented within design that does not distract from the the most important part of this book. Fabulous photography of trees.
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the pictures are so beautiful and the text is full of amazing and suprising information on trees and their importance to our daily lives. This is a large book and looks wonderful on a coffee table....guaranteed to generate conversation!
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After seeing this book recommended by Ellen DeGeneres, I decided to purchase it as I love trees. I have to say that this was a very good decision. I simply LOVE this book. The photos, the information and the beautiful quotes all add up to a wonderful book that you will keep picking up and reading. If you only buy this book for its awesome photos, then you certainly haven't wasted your money.
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This is a truly lovely, enjoyable, and inspiring book. The photography is superb. The author compels you to action to take your own steps to combat global warming. You cannot read it and not act.
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Wow, absolutely stunning! I've seen 100s of coffee table books that show the world, nature, animals, etc., and consider myself well traveled. Yet I feel as I flipped the pages of this book that I was both transported to magical (yet real) places and times around the globe, and inspired to get outside of my house and spend more time outside.

I cannot comment on the text; I'm a picture reader. But almost regardless of what the text says, I'd say the pictures make this book stunning irregardless. My only negative comment is that I wish the printing/color quality could be improved to match the quality of the photos/colors. The print quality is good, but not excellent.
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Despite the truly stunning photography, the text in this book is so poorly constructed, it renders the work almost entirely unreadable. Run-on sentences, half-baked ponderings, and grammatical errors occupy every inch of the meandering discourse. This is by far the worst writing I have ever experienced in a major publication. I really wanted to like this book because the photography (which comprises most of the book) is spell-binding, but the coarseness of the writing is so distracting that it ruined the book for me. If you purchase this book, do yourself a favor, and don't read any of the words. You'll appreciate it much more.
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