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Seeing Trees: Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Treesby Nancy Ross Hugo
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/i>… See more details below
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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 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.
The New York Times Book Review
“A splendid book.”
“Hugo writes with real passion about trees…. Beautifully produced and fascinating to read.”
“A botanical masterpiece.”
“Filled with surprises.”
“Their call to seeing what nature offers is magical and the photographs are works of art.”
"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."
“If you love books and nature, this is one to own for reference and to ponder during the long winter months.”
“A captivating book.”
“A gorgeous book, a great reference and a beautiful addition to the nature lover’s bookshelf.”
“Will take your breath away.”
“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.”
“You can't help but be bowled over by the beauty at play in the science.”
“The authors have brought the level of observation to new heights.”
“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.”
“A whole new world of tree mystery has opened up.”
“If you love trees, or if you love good photography, you will love this book.”
“A new exciting book.”
“Gorgeous images & observations.”
“You will begin to appreciate trees in a whole new way.”
“This fascinating celebration of trees will delight gardeners, botanists, students of natural history, and nature photographers.”
“The book to change us all into unabashed tree worshippers.”
"The only way I can describe my reaction to receiving Seeing Trees was like a child being taken into a sweet shop.”
“A beautiful and exciting book.”
“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.”
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.
Filled with arresting close-ups.
You’ll be dazzled.
Seeing Trees opens our eyes to a tree's shy magnificence and invites us to deepen our relationship with these earthly treasures.
Seeing Trees opens our eyes to a tree’s shy magnificence and invites us to deepen our relationship with these earthly treasures.
“Vivid, fascinating botanical biographies.”
"The resulting images are full of detail.”
Mary Beth Breckenridge
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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 plants 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. His book Washington, The Capital was an official diplomatic gift of the White House and State Department. Llewellyn’s previous books, Seeing Trees and Seeing Flowers have both earned glowing reviews; Seeing Trees was chosen as one of the best gardening books of the year by the New York Times. To learn more about Robert Llewellyn and his work, visit www.robertllewellyn.com.
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