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Posted December 20, 2009
Gorgeous and unusual collection of photographs!
Harold Feinstein whose previous works include The Infinite Rose, The Infinite Tulip, One Hundred Flowers, One Hundred Seashells, Foliage and Orchidelirium recently released another beautiful collection of photographs in One Hundred Butterflies.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
"Who among us has not at one time or another gazed at a butterfly with a sense of awe? In the journey of completing the photographs for this book, it was not unusual for me to cry out in astonishment while looking at these creatures. I had been transported. The earth laughs with flowers, but it dances with butterflies."
- One Hundred Butterflies by Harold Feinstein
One Hundred Butterflies is a collection of artistically compiled and detailed photographs of butterflies from all over the world. The colors and wing designs range from striking greens, blues, and yellows and oranges to the discrete patterns that allow the butterfly to camouflage itself in the wild.
The book will surely interest those who already appreciate the butterfly. But for those that have a basic knowledge of the animal, Harold Feinstein teaches us about its life cycle and unique characteristics.
Did you know that the colorful wings are a collage of microscopic scales that are much like shingles on a roof that protect the wing from moisture? Our eyes only perceive a fraction of the wing's color patterns, but the full beauty can be seen under ultraviolet light - which is what butterflies' eyes see. Some of the yellow "sulphur butterflies" that we see come across to other butterflies as a flashy blue.
The adaptation of butterflies is fascinating. Some wing have evolved to look like leaves and animal faces, others use bright warning colors that announce "I'm deadly, eat me at your peril," and others mimic the color of their poisonous cousins.
As the author points out, "Butterfly museums and books are just some of the ways to tell people, 'Look what is out there in the world we live in every day. There is so much more than butterflies. . .yet look how much butterflies there are!'" One Hundred Butterflies affords us a rare glimpse into this rich and diverse world of butterflies.
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (November 4, 2009)128 pages.
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Posted November 26, 2009
I've been reviewing photography and coffee table books this month and they've all been amazing, but I really have to say, One Hundred Butterflies is simply and absolutely stunning.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This simple thumbnail doesn't even begin to do justice to Harold Feinstein's photography.
Once I actually got past the cover, I had to stop and linger on the flyleafs. There are at least 40 colour images presented here as well.
Moths and butterflies have evolved to survive. Their wings sometimes mimic owl eyes, some colours are interpreted as poisonous by predators, sometimes they blend in with the leaves on the trees. Fred Gagnon provides an excellent forward about moths and butterflies at the beginning of the book. There are quotes and an 1800's essay included as well.
Each species is photographed with a black background. The colours and patterns are just magnificent. Nature is truly the greatest artist. The pictures are close ups, so that you can see the finest details. Each species is named, with it's Latin name and country of origin as well.
There really are not words to describe the beauty. Each plate is a work of art on it's own. (I briefly thought that each piece would be a wonderful framed picture, but wouldn't want to desecrate the book) The book is oversized, the stock heavy and glossy. A book to be savoured and enjoyed.
A truly remarkable book, one that nature or art lovers would appreciate.
Posted November 11, 2009
Review by www.beachbrights.blogspot.com
I have never seen butterflies photographed like this. It is like they are plugged in and emitting electricity. All the butterflies are photographed with a back background, which only enhances the images more. This is truly beautiful. Stunning. I love the big glossy pages and the feel of the book with each turning page. This is a substantial book. There is not a lot of words in this book, really no need with these photographs, but there are literary quotations and small bits of information scattered about. Just the right amounts as not to distract from the photographs.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Fred Gagnon wrote the forward. He was the curator of a man-made ecosystem that shelters three to four thousand butterflies, as well as the plants needed for their habitat.
This is a museum quality book. This is a coffee table book for the interiors in Elle Decor Magazine.
Posted November 2, 2009
This is such a gorgeous books. My mom is obsessed with butterflies so I knew that she would show great appreciation for this book. Once I gave it to her, we both sat down and flipped through the pages. This is one of the most gorgeous books I've ever flipped through.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 17, 2009