Seeing Trees: Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees

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Have you ever seen the delicate flowers of a red maple? The emerging leaves of a tulip poplar? The twigs of a beech? When you look at a tree up close, you begin to appreciate trees in a whole new way. Seeing Trees invites readers to watch trees with the care and sensitivity that birdwatchers watch birds. Focusing on 10 common trees of North America, Nancy Ross Hugo highlights the rewards of tree viewing and describes some of the most visually interesting leaves, flowers, fruits, buds, leaf scars, twigs, and bark ...

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Overview

Have you ever seen the delicate flowers of a red maple? The emerging leaves of a tulip poplar? The twigs of a beech? When you look at a tree up close, you begin to appreciate trees in a whole new way. Seeing Trees invites readers to watch trees with the care and sensitivity that birdwatchers watch birds. Focusing on 10 common trees of North America, Nancy Ross Hugo highlights the rewards of tree viewing and describes some of the most visually interesting leaves, flowers, fruits, buds, leaf scars, twigs, and bark of familiar trees.  Using software developed for work with microscopes, Robert Llewellyn created incredibly sharp close-up photographs of the tree detail by stitching together 8 to 45 images of each subject—each shot at a different focal point.  The combination of these lavish photos with Nancy Ross Hugo’s writing makes each page come alive with the beauty of the growing process. The result is a gorgeous journey into the life cycle of trees.

Featured trees include the American Beech, Ginkgo, Red Maple, Southern Magnolia, Tulip Poplar, White Oak, White Pine, American Sycamore, Black Walnut and Eastern Red Cedar.

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Editorial Reviews

MarthaStewart.com
A beautifully produced and photographed new book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to know more about this fascinating group of plants both in the wild or in your backyard.
— Stephen Orr
Akron Beacon Journal
Filled with arresting close-ups.
— Mary Beth Breckenridge
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
You’ll be dazzled.
Albemarle
Seeing Trees opens our eyes to a tree’s shy magnificence and invites us to deepen our relationship with these earthly treasures.
Reader's Digest
“Vivid, fascinating botanical biographies.”
Outdoor Photographer
"The resulting images are full of detail.”
Danger Garden Blog
“A whole new world of tree mystery has opened up.”
Cold Climate Gardening.com

“A whole new world of tree mystery has opened up.”

Botanical Art Painting

“If you love trees, or if you love good photography, you will love this book.”

Holos Collaborative

“A new exciting book.”

A Charlotte Garden.com

“Gorgeous images & observations.”

Book News

“You will begin to appreciate trees in a whole new way.”

Seattle Times

“This fascinating celebration of trees will delight gardeners, botanists, students of natural history, and nature photographers.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

“The book to change us all into unabashed tree worshippers.”
CommonWeeder.com

"The only way I can describe my reaction to receiving Seeing Trees was like a child being taken into a sweet shop.”
Reference and Research Book News

“A beautiful and exciting book.”
PatientGardener.com

“A splendid book.”
Horticulture Magazine

“Hugo writes with real passion about trees…. Beautifully produced and fascinating to read.”
WVTV

“A botanical masterpiece.”
Beacon Journal

“Filled with surprises.”
North Coast Gardening

“Their call to seeing what nature offers is magical and the photographs are works of art.”
Red Dirt Ramblings

"This seems like the sort of book which sprinkles a bit of fairy dust on something we see everyday, so that just taking a walk or stepping outside feels magical and fresh."
MyHortus.com

“If you love books and nature, this is one to own for reference and to ponder during the long winter months.”
UnderMyAppleTree.com

“A captivating book.”
WeatherProofingYourLandscape.com

“A gorgeous book, a great reference and a beautiful addition to the nature lover’s bookshelf.”
New York Times

“Will take your breath away.”
Chicago Tribune

“My favorite new book this season is Seeing Trees…This book is made for us nearsighted gardeners, who long ago learned the thrill of peering at plants.”
Washington Post

“You can't help but be bowled over by the beauty at play in the science.”
Houston Chronicle

“The authors have brought the level of observation to new heights.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Through [Llewellyn’s] lens we take flight with a red maple’s charming helicopterlike seed pods and can almost feel the smooth, muscular, steel-gray bark of an ironwood.”

American Reference Books Annual

“Llewellyn’s extraordinarily crisp photographs alone force the reader to consider trees differently, if only because there are so few illustrations of entire trees, trunk, crown and all.”
MarthaStewart.com - Stephen Orr
A beautifully produced and photographed new book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to know more about this fascinating group of plants both in the wild or in your backyard.
Akron Beacon Journal - Mary Beth Breckenridge

A beautifully produced and photographed new book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to know more about this fascinating group of plants both in the wild or in your backyard.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Kathy Purdy

Filled with arresting close-ups.
Albemarle - Kathy Zarsky

You’ll be dazzled.
Albemarle - Sandy Hausman

Seeing Trees opens our eyes to a tree's shy magnificence and invites us to deepen our relationship with these earthly treasures.

Reader's Digest - Jim Chatfield

Seeing Trees opens our eyes to a tree’s shy magnificence and invites us to deepen our relationship with these earthly treasures.

Outdoor Photographer - Dominique Browning

“Vivid, fascinating botanical biographies.”

Danger Garden Blog - Mary Ellen Snodgrass

"The resulting images are full of detail.”
From the Publisher

"An idiosyncratic portrait of common trees and their life span, Hugo’s book introduces aspects of tree culture that delight and bemuse."
Reader's Digest

“Vivid, fascinating botanical biographies.”

Philadelphia Inquirer
“A splendid book.”
Seattle Times
“The book to change us all into unabashed tree worshippers.”
Book News
"Hugo writes with real passion about trees, describing their qualities, flowers, fruits, barks, and unique characteristics, and including her own observations and experiments with cuttings and seedlings. She is articulate and enthusiastic, making this an ideal volume for beginning observers of trees."
Reference and Research Book News
“Hugo writes with real passion about trees… Beautifully produced and fascinating to read.”
CommonWeeder.com
“A beautiful and exciting book.”
Danger Garden Blog

“A whole new world of tree mystery has opened up.”

Albemarle

Seeing Trees opens our eyes to a tree's shy magnificence and invites us to deepen our relationship with these earthly treasures.

Cold Climate Gardening.com

“If you love trees, or if you love good photography, you will love this book.”

— Kathy Purdy

Botanical Art Painting

“A new exciting book.”

Holos Collaborative

“Gorgeous images & observations.”
— Kathy Zarsky

A Charlotte Garden.com

“You will begin to appreciate trees in a whole new way.”

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
This amazing 242 page book touts the wonders of "tree viewing" and is a fresh look at the many wondrous stages of ten common trees that grow in the temperate areas of the United States. Divided into three sections with an introduction that describes the author's and photographer's inspiration and purpose, the first section focuses on viewing strategies that include frequency methods for "seeing" the amazing changes a tree experiences. Section Two includes suggestions on observing specific and general tree traits such as leaves, flowers and cones, fruit, buds and scars, and bark and twigs. Section Three focuses on the uniqueness of the ten featured trees including Beech, Sycamore, Black Walnut, Red Cedar, Ginkgo, Red Maple, Southern Magnolia, Tulip Poplar, White Oak and White Pine. Throughout, the most amazing photographs that allow the reader to "see" many aspects of a tree's characteristics by placing the photographs on a white background inspire readers to become viewers. The details revealed by the photographs seem to almost put the tree's characteristics under a microscope. There is an abundance of text but its conversational tone and obvious love of the subject inspires the reader to learn more and lastly, to go viewing. Fortunately, photos are all identified to make looking for specific details easier. An afterward, metric conversion chart and an index are included. No one will look at a tree with the same eyes after reading this book. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
Library Journal
Most of us note the leafing out of trees in the spring and their often spectacular fall color, but Hugo and Llewellyn, veterans of garden writing and tree and landscape photography, respectively, go much deeper to share the details of the complex lives of trees gleaned from years of personal observation. They have created an informative, beautifully illustrated book that delves into tree growth and reproduction. Hugo begins by introducing the reader to various tree parts: leaves, flowers, cones, fruit, buds, leaf scars, bark, and twigs. Next, she profiles ten well-known trees including the red maple, white oak, and white pine. Whether she is describing the unfurling of a leaf or the development of an acorn, her prose draws the reader into her world. Stunning close-up and magnified shots of trees and tree parts illuminate the text. VERDICT This fascinating celebration of trees will delight gardeners, botanists, students of natural history, and nature photographers.—Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL
Dominique Browning
My favorite new book this season…This book is made for us nearsighted gardeners, who long ago learned the thrill of peering at plants. Like all good books, it's the product of personal obsession—with what was growing in the authors' backyards.
—The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604692198
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/16/2011
  • Pages: 245
  • Sales rank: 205,064
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Ross Hugo has been combining her love of the outdoors with her love of the written word for more than thirty years, as garden columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, education manager at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and writer for Virginia Wildlife, Horticulture, and American Forests, among other publications. She is co-author, with Jeff Kirwan, of Remarkable Trees of Virginia (2008) and, in collaboration with photographer Robert Llewellyn, of Seeing Trees (2011), upon which this book is based. Nancy and her husband, John, divide their time between Howardsville and Ashland, Virginia. Visit her at nancyrosshugo.com.

Robert Llewellyn has been photographing trees and landscapes for more than forty years. His photographs have been featured in major art exhibits, and more than thirty books featuring his photography are in print, including Seeing Flowers and Seeing Trees. His book Washington: The Capital was an official diplomatic gift of the White House and State Department, and Remarkable Trees of Virginia, the culmination of his four-year project photographing trees, has been called “a spectacular tribute to Virginia’s native trees.” 
 


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