Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire (10th Anniversary Edition)

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire (10th Anniversary Edition)

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by Tui De Roy
     
 

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Ever since Charles Darwin visited there in 1835, the Galapagos have fascinated us like no other spot on Earth. This richly illustrated book captures the ethereal, haunting quality of the Galapagos and of the birds and animals that make these islands their home. Acclaimed wildlife photographer and writer Tui De Roy has spent her life exploring the Galapagos and

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Ever since Charles Darwin visited there in 1835, the Galapagos have fascinated us like no other spot on Earth. This richly illustrated book captures the ethereal, haunting quality of the Galapagos and of the birds and animals that make these islands their home. Acclaimed wildlife photographer and writer Tui De Roy has spent her life exploring the Galapagos and recording their secrets. Here, in spectacular full-color images and in her own words, she shares her intimate knowledge of the islands and her deep love and respect for the natural wonders they conceal.

De Roy takes readers from vibrant coastlines to sheltered interiors, photographing penguins, turtles, and marine iguanas. She visits active volcanic calderas, where life hangs in the balance each time the volcano remakes itself. De Roy follows the seasons of the giant tortoise, dives into the twilight world of sperm whales and hammerhead sharks, and treads on still-steaming volcanic crust. She also makes an impassioned plea for conservation.

This updated tenth-anniversary edition of De Roy's celebrated book offers an unforgettable photographic tour of the Galapagos. Explore with her the incredible diversity of wildlife and habitats that rank these islands among the most fascinating and exotically beautiful places in the world.

  • Features 245 stunning full-color photographs
  • Includes De Roy's insightful commentary
  • Showcases some of the award-winning photographer's finest work
  • Brings the natural wonders of the Galapagos to life

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Editorial Reviews

Scientific American
The book is elegantly structured: each chapter emphasizes one distinct aspect of the Galapagos in the hope that by 'displaying visually the essence of its splendid wildness,' the volume can serve as an inspiration to ensure the survival of the islands' threatened animals.
Ocean Realm
In words and pictures, De Roy captures the ethereal, haunting quality of the islands with their cold seas and burning rocks.
The Press
[E]ngaging and inspirational. . . . The author makes one appreciate the fragile beauty of the fiery isles.
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"[E]ngaging and inspirational. . . . The author makes one appreciate the fragile beauty of the fiery isles."--The Press

"The book is elegantly structured: each chapter emphasizes one distinct aspect of the Galapagos in the hope that by 'displaying visually the essence of its splendid wildness,' the volume can serve as an inspiration to ensure the survival of the islands' threatened animals."--Scientific American

"In words and pictures, De Roy captures the ethereal, haunting quality of the islands with their cold seas and burning rocks."--Ocean Realm

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691146379
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/21/2010
Edition description:
10th Anniversary
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
94,347
Product dimensions:
12.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


Tui De Roy is a world-renowned wildlife photographer, writer, and conservationist who grew up on the Galapagos and returns there frequently today. Her books include "Galapagos: Islands Lost in Time"; "The Andes: As the Condor Flies"; and "New Zealand: A Natural World Revealed". She lives in New Zealand.

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4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After our trip to the Galapagos we wanted a book that supplemented our pictures. This was a pleasant read, which will remind us of our trip. The pictures are beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A 'never to miss' book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book clearly deserves more than five stars. It contains much better photographs of the geology, and plant and animal life in the Galapagos than I have seen any where else. The images here evoked memories of my trip to the Galapagos, and exceeded those memories in revealing the underlying nature of the islands. Further, the essays are extremely good in explaining what is portrayed. Only 60,000 people visit the Galapagos each year, but the islands are suffering from their visits and the growth in permanent population. Hopefully, this book is not preserving something that you will never see. Ms. De Roy brings a special sense to these photographs, having moved to the Galapagos at the age of 2 and lived most of her life there. She learned to be a photographer working on scenes such as these. This gives her a knowledge of where to go, what to look for, and when to be there. Many of the images capture rare moments and scenes that you could miss during 100 trips to the Galapagos. Her images are always colorful, stunning in their contrasts, dynamic, and inspiring. I felt overwhelmed by many of the images. It was like looking into the face of God, to me. The Galapagos Islands are part of Equador, and are located several hundred miles west of the South American coast. You get there by flying first to Equador. I recommend Quito as your way point. There's much to see there. The islands are volcanic, being the tops of shield volcanos (much like those in Hawaii). They are desert islands which receive little water except during the rainy season. Each island is separated by enough water that species have developed differently on their unique habitats. Darwin first chronicled this with his visit in the 1850s over 5 weeks in which he noticed that the finches had developed beaks to reflect the food supply on their respective islands. For more on this, be sure to read the outstanding book, The Beak of the Finch, that describes experimental measurements taken on the evolution in the finches. Many call the islands, 'a natural laboratory of evolution' as a result. The photographs are organized around themes related to the type of natural environment. In these images you will see the desert islands, volcanic eruptions, giant tortoises, sea turtles, marine and land iguanas, Darwin's finches, flamingos, pelicans, all kinds of boobies, penguins, cacti, owls, rails, flycatchers, albatrosses, gulls, frigate birds, storm petrels, sea lions, crabs, herons, hawks, flightless cormorants, fish, sharks, dolphins, orcas, sperm whales, and coral. Many of the animals are extremely colorful, having no natural enemies in the Galapagos. Color helps in mating, and you will see mating rituals well catalogued here. Some of the evolutonary adaptations are fascinating too. For example, the marine iguanas live from drinking sea water and are able to exude the excess salt through their skin. After you see these images, I suspect you'll agree with these quotes from the essays. 'Galapagos is perhaps the only great natural paradise remaining in the world in a near pristine condition.' 'Our responsibility lies in finding a balanced development concept . . . .' 'No one in Galapagos, in Equador or in the world wants to see the Galapagos perish.' 'What must be . . . realized . . . is that a far greater commitment than exhibited in the past will be required . . . .' Ask yourself what you can do to help the Galapagos. Reading this book, and realizing the treasure the world has there is a good starting point. Sponsoring environmental activities there is another. Encouraging others to do the same is a third. I'm sure you will come up with your own ideas that will be better than mine. May our children in generations to come continue to benefit from a pristine Galapagos! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution