Seeing Trees

Nancy R. Hugo (Author), Robert Llewellyn (Photographer)

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Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees

Have you ever seen the delicate flowers of a red maple? The emerging leaves of a tulip poplar? The twigs of a beech? When you look at a tree up close, you begin to appreciate trees in a whole new way. Seeing Trees invites readers to watch trees with the care and sensitivity that birdwatchers watch birds. Focusing on 10 common trees of North America, Nancy Ross Hugo highlights the rewards of tree viewing and describes some of the most visually interesting leaves, flowers, fruits, buds, leaf scars, twigs, and bark of familiar trees.  Using software developed for work with microscopes, Robert Llewellyn created incredibly sharp close-up photographs of the tree detail by stitching together 8 to 45 images of each subject—each shot at a different focal point.  The combination of these lavish photos with Nancy Ross Hugo’s writing makes each page come alive with the beauty of the growing process. The result is a gorgeous journey into the life cycle of trees.

Featured trees include the American Beech, Ginkgo, Red Maple, Southern Magnolia, Tulip Poplar, White Oak, White Pine, American Sycamore, Black Walnut and Eastern Red Cedar.

About the Author

Nancy Ross Hugo has had the privilege of living among trees, writing about trees, and learning about trees for most of her life. As garden columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, education manager at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and writer for Virginia Wildlife, Horticulture, and American Forests, among other publications, she has been combining her love of the outdoors with her love of the written word for more than thirty years. She is the author of Earth Works: Readings for Backyard Gardeners (1997) and, with Jeff Kirwan, of Remarkable Trees of Virginia (2008). Nancy and her husband, John, divide their time between Howardsville and Ashland, Virginia.

Robert Llewellyn has been photographing trees and landscapes for more than forty years. His photographs have been featured in major art exhibits, and more than thirty books featuring his photography are in print. His book Washington, The Capital was an official diplomatic gift of the White House and State Department. Llewellyn's most recent book, Remarkable Trees of Virginia, a four year project photographing trees, has been called "a spectacular tribute to Virginia's native trees."

Product Details

Hardcover: 245 pages
Publisher: Timber Press (August 16, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1604692197
ISBN-13: 978-1604692198
Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.8 x 1 inches