Seeing FlowersBook - 2013
We’ve all seen red roses, blue irises, and yellow daffodils. But when we really look closely at a flower, whole new worlds of beauty and intricacy emerge. Using a unique process that far surpasses conventional macro photography, Robert Llewellyn shows us details that few of us have ever seen: the amazing architecture of stamens and pistils; the subtle shadings on a petal; the secret recesses of nectar tubes.
Complementing Llewellyn’s stunning photographs are Teri Dunn Chace’s lyrical, illuminating essays. By highlighting the features that distinguish twenty-eight of the most common families of flowering plants, Chace gives us fascinating insights into the natural history of flowers, such as the relationship between pollinators and floral form and color. At the same time she gives us a deeper appreciation of why and how flowers have become so deeply embedded in human culture.
Whether you’re a nature lover, a gardener, a photography buff, or someone who simply responds to the timeless beauty and variety of the floral world, Seeing Flowers will be a source of enduring delight.
Baker & Taylor
Presents photographs of twenty-eight of the most common families of flowering plants with accompanying essays highlighting distinguishing features, including daisies, geraniums, and orchids.
Gardener and botanical writer Dunn Chace, accompanied by plant and landscape photographer Llewellyn, offers this colorful index of flowering plants. Selected garden flowers are organized alphabetically according to the Latin name of their botanical family, and large photographs on white background are accompanied by discussion of botanical lineage, distinctive features, insect pollinators, human uses, and cultural history. The photographs use a distinctive technique, being composed of several different shots computationally combined in the manner of a microscope photograph to provide an image with better detail at all points than a single capture could accomplish. Choice quotes from literary texts referring to flowers from each family are also included. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)