Elephant Reflections

Elephant Reflections

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by Karl Ammann
     
 

Elephant Reflections brings award-winning wildlife photographer Karl Ammann's gorgeous images together with a revelatory text by writer Dale Peterson to illuminate one of nature's greatest and most original works of art: the elephant. The photographs move from the purely aesthetic to the informative, depicting animals who are at once enigmatic,

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Elephant Reflections brings award-winning wildlife photographer Karl Ammann's gorgeous images together with a revelatory text by writer Dale Peterson to illuminate one of nature's greatest and most original works of art: the elephant. The photographs move from the purely aesthetic to the informative, depicting animals who are at once enigmatic, individual, mysterious, elusive, and iconic. In riveting prose, Peterson introduces the work of field scientists in Africa and explains their recent astonishing discoveries. He then explores the natural history and conservation status of African elephants and discusses the politics of ivory. Elephant Reflections is a book that could change the way the world thinks about elephants while we still have some measure of control over their fate.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A revelatory collection of photos and text on elephants. . . . Peterson's awe and affection for the creatures is contagious." Starred Review--Publishers Weekly

"Revelatory text. . . Photographs (that) move from purely aesthetic to informative, depicting animals that are at once enigmatic, individual and iconic."--Wildlife Conservation Magazine

"A bountiful pictorial feast for the eye."--Deseret News

"Combines the extraordinary images of award-winning photographer Karl Ammann with the compelling writing of Dale Peterson."--National Wildlife

Wildlife Conservation Magazine

“Revelatory text. . . Photographs (that) move from purely aesthetic to informative, depicting animals that are at once enigmatic, individual and iconic.”
Foreword

“A thing of beauty.. . . High-quality photographs are joined with strong prose and a passion for the subject matter.”
Deseret News

“A bountiful pictorial feast for the eye.”
Scientific American

“This gorgeous book. . . . will convince you that the elephant is one of nature’s greatest and most original works.”
National Wildlife

“Combines the extraordinary images of award-winning photographer Karl Ammann with the compelling writing of Dale Peterson.”
Shutterbug

“A vivid portrait of elephants in the wild.”
Publishers Weekly

Amman and Peterson (coauthors, Eating Apes) offer a revelatory collection of photos and text on elephants. Ammann's photographs capture an astonishing range of elephant behavior, but Peterson's text-with its scope, synthesis of history and observation, précis of the ivory trade and conservation-is what distinguishes this book. He spins the history of elephant research into mini-mysteries of how scientists struggled to understand elephants' secretive behaviors. Why do male elephants vanish from time to time? Do elephants communicate infrasonically like blue whales? Peterson's awe and affection for the creatures is contagious-readers will be moved by his description of how females form life-long families (males are "isolated drifters") and occasionally speak in choruses, in the elephant equivalent of "we." The photographs and text complement each other beautifully in their respective odes to the "improbable" physicality of the elephant's body: the tusks, the trunk-an organ coordinated by 150,000 interlocking muscles used to suck water from parched riverbeds, console babies, communicate, grasp and convey emotion. A stunning testament to the "last of the giants standing, bereft, at the door of ancient time." (May)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520253773
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/04/2009
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
786,119
Product dimensions:
10.76(w) x 10.26(h) x 1.01(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"A revelatory collection of photos and text on elephants. . . . Peterson's awe and affection for the creatures is contagious." Starred Review—Publishers Weekly

"Revelatory text. . . Photographs (that) move from purely aesthetic to informative, depicting animals that are at once enigmatic, individual and iconic."—Wildlife Conservation Magazine

"A bountiful pictorial feast for the eye."—Deseret News

"Combines the extraordinary images of award-winning photographer Karl Ammann with the compelling writing of Dale Peterson."—National Wildlife

Meet the Author


Karl Ammann has photographed wildlife throughout Africa, India, and Southeast Asia. His remarkable work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Outdoor Photography, Natural History, African Geographic, and elsewhere. Dale Peterson is the author or editor of fifteen books, including the recent Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man. Ammann and Peterson's previous collaboration, Eating Apes (UC Press), was named a Best Book of the Year by The Economist and the Globe and Mail, and a Top Science Book of the Year by Discover magazine.

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Elephant Reflections 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unbelievable photography. Beautiful. You can't help not to fall in love with these magnificent creatures. Elephant's are the best!!