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Seeing Trees

Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees

By Nancy Ross Hugo, Robert Llewellyn

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Published By
Timber Press
Categories
Number Of Pages
245
Publication Date
November 03, 2011
ISBN
9781604693270

Seeing Trees

Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees

By Nancy Ross Hugo, Robert Llewellyn

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Description

Have you ever looked at a tree? That may sound like a silly question, but there is so much more to notice about a tree than first meets the eye. Seeing Trees celebrates seldom seen but easily observable tree traits and invites you to watch trees with the same care and sensitivity that birdwatchers watch birds. Many people, for example, are surprised to learn that oaks and maples have flowers, much less flowers that are astonishingly beautiful when viewed up close.

Focusing on widely grown trees, this captivating book describes the rewards of careful and regular tree viewing, outlines strategies for improving your observations, and describes some of the most visually interesting tree structures, including leaves, flowers, buds, leaf scars, twigs, and bark. In-depth profiles of ten familiar species—including such beloved trees as white oak, southern magnolia, white pine, and tulip poplar—show you how to recognize and understand many of their most compelling (but usually overlooked) physical features.

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Review quotes

“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.” —The New York Times

“This fascinating celebration of trees will delight gardeners, botanists, students of natural history, and nature photographers.” —Library Journal

“The authors have brought the level of observation to new heights.” —The Washington Post

“Seek out the Seeing series, and prepare for your breath to be taken away.” —NYBG’s Plant Talk

“Vivid, fascinating botanical biographies.” —Reader’s Digest

“The resulting images are full of detail.” —Outdoor Photographer Magazine

“Beautifully produced and photographed. 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.” —Martha Stewart Living

“You can't help but be bowled over by the beauty at play in the science.” —Chicago Tribune

“A botanical masterpiece.” —Horticulture Magazine

“The book to change us all into unabashed tree worshippers.” —Seattle Times

“A splendid book.” —Philadelphia Inquirer

“You’ll be dazzled.” —The Cleveland Plain Dealer
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.

- Mary Beth Breckenridge

Filled with arresting close-ups.

- Kathy Purdy

You’ll be dazzled.

- Kathy Zarsky

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

 

- Sandy Hausman

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

- Jim Chatfield

“Vivid, fascinating botanical biographies.”

- Dominique Browning

"The resulting images are full of detail.”

- Mary Ellen Snodgrass

“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.”

"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."
“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.”
“A splendid book.”
"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.”
“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.”

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

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Product details

Published By
Timber Press
Categories
Number Of Pages
245
Publication Date
November 03, 2011
ISBN
9781604693270

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