By David Nilsen
We recently received at GPL two books of stunning nature photography – Rainforest by Lewis Blackwell and Creatures of the Deep: In Search of the ea’s Monsters and the World They Live In by Erich Hoyt. Take a moment to look through a few of the photos from these oversized books. We really do live on a beautiful planet, and both of these books serve to remind us that its our responsibility to make sure it stays that way.
Rainforest by Lewis Blackwell (591.734 Blackwell) is full of gorgeous full page and even centerfold photographs of the world’s jungles and their flora and fauna. Curiously, while information is given as to the agencies the photos were licensed through, individual photographer credits are not given, so we can’t provide photographic credit for these photographs in this space. All photos from Rainforest were licensed via Tim Flach, Nature Photo Library, Ardea, or Getty Images.
The photos in Rainforest are interspersed with quotes from naturalists, biologists, and environmentalists. These quotes are isolated on otherwise blank pages, allowing us to ponder their truths. Some provide fascinating information, such as this one by the author – “Ninety percent of rainforest life happens in the canopy, nearly half of all the species on the planet.” Some give us environmental admonishments, such as this one from Dr. E. O. Wilson – “The question is, will we wake up?…Once they’re gone, they’re gone forever.” Rainforest is a beautiful and fascinating book for any lover of nature, young or old. Check this one out today.
Creatures of the Deep: In Search of the Sea’s Monsters and the World They Live In by Erich Hoyt (591.77 Hoyt) allows us to enter a world we would never be able to explore on our own – the diverse and often bizarre ecosystem that exists beneath the surface of the oceans. Many species that live in the deep reaches of the oceans seem more like aliens from another planet than something that lives here on our own, and new species are being discovered constantly. Most of the Earth’s surface is covered by these salt water expanses, and Creatures of the Deep gives us the chance to peek beneath the waves at a world of wonder.
You can find both of these books at Greenville Public Library.