For almost a century, National Geographic has pioneered and championed the art of wildlife photography, and captivated generations of enthralled reader with a stead stream of extraordinary images of animals in nature. From the very first such picture to appear -- a reindeer in 1903 -- the Society's publications have broken new ground and set new standards again and again, establishing an unmatched legacy of artistic, scientific, and technical achievement.
This wonderful collection of work by some of today's foremost photographers showcases 175 arresting visions that confirm, celebrate, and continue to long National Geographic tradition of excellence. Organized by habitats, each of its six chapters presents a series of individually stunning shots that together capture entire ecological communities in complex interaction; taken as a whole the book offers nothing less than a complete panorama of the world's creatures in the natural surroundings, from harsh yet vibrant desterscapes to lush rainforests teeming with life to underwater wonderlands alive with color, and much, much more.
For this is not just a superb portrait of our planet's animals in their astonishing variety, but a wide-ranging exploration of the environments that shape and shelter them. As author John Mitchell guides us through each of nature's realms, he reveals the all-encompassing web of interrelationships that support the delicate balance of life on Earth, evoking both its breathtaking beauty and the need to respect and protect it. At the same time, he gives readers a fascinating glimpse of gifted photographers at work in an always challenging and often adventurous field that demands everything from the raw nerve required to swim among a school of sharks to the boundless patience of waiting motionless for hours to capture a shy, wary creature on film for the first time. Special side-bar sections profile some of the outstanding contributors, presenting unique portfolios of their work: Chris John's exuberant shots of cheetahs in Africa, Flip Nicklin's majestic pictures of polar bears, and Nick Nicholas's vivid gallery fo great apes, to name just three.
A book that will once again set new standards for wildlife photography, this stunning volume opens dramatic, evocative, utterly unforgettable windows on the world with every page.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John G. Mitchell, presently a senior editor at National Geographic magazine, has held a variety of posts in the course of his long and distinguished career, including science editor at Newsweek and editor-in-chief of Sierra Club Books.
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The pictures in this book are breathtaking... highly recommended!!