Remains of a Rainbow: Rare Plants and Animals of Hawaiiby Susan Middleton, David Wilcove (Afterword), W. S. Merwin (Foreword by)
Remains of a Rainbow glories in flora and fauna found nowhere else on our planet, lush tropical blossoms bursting with color, tiny flowers so rare that scarcely a dozen wild specimens have been found; quick-footed beetles that sparkle like living jewels; fish that can climb 1,000-foot waterfalls, noble, magnificent birds -- more than 140 creatures and plants in all, each captured in fullcolor and black-and-white photographs and a concise yet detailed individual description. From the rainbow-eye damselfly to the Crested Honeycreeper, the Kamehameha butterfly to the hidden-petaled abutilon, the Mauna Loa vampire bug to the Laysan Finch, all are vulnerable and many are endangered. A few of these species are on the very brink of extinction. The delicate balance of their environment, intact for millions of years, has been upset by invaders from the outside world. As W. S. Merwin notes in his quietly urgent foreword, "It has been said that more species have been lost in Hawai'i during the past 200 years than in the whole of North America since Columbus." Shaped by countless centuries of isolation, Hawaiian wildlife has proved only too vulnerable to outsiders -- from whalers, sealers, and sandalwood loggers to alien stowaways, plant and animal alike. These forces have torn great rents in the delicate web of island ecology.
David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton, working in association with the nonprofit organization Environmental Defense, have photographed a tropical paradise unlike any other. By turns an eloquent environmental cautionary tale and a breathtaking gallery, Remains of a Rainbow captures the essence of Hawai'i. David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton have been photographing endangered animals and plants since 1986. Their collaborative work has appeared in Witness: Endangered Species of North America (Chronicle Books, 1994), and Here Today: Portraits of Our Vanishing Species (Chronicle Books, 1991). Middleton's and Liittschwager's photographs have been exhibited and published throughout the world, and they lecture widely about their work. They were the joint recipients of a 1999 Bay & Paul Foundations Biodiversity Leadership Award. Since 1998 Liittschwager and Middleton have been working in association with Environmental Defense to photograph rare plants, animals, and habitats of the Hawaiian Islands.
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