Ancient Trees

Portraits of Time

Author: Beth Moon

Publisher: Abbeville Press

ISBN: 9780789211958

Category: Photography

Page: 104

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Provides a photographic guide to some of the world's most ancient trees, featuring seventy portraits of such species as yews, baobabs, and dragon's blood trees.

Ancient Skies, Ancient Trees

Author: N.A

Publisher: Abbeville Press

ISBN: 9780789212672

Category: Astronomical photography

Page: 114

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Photographer Beth Moon revisits the world's oldest trees in the darkest places on earth, using colour photography to capture vibrant night time skies Throughout much of the world, night skies are growing increasingly brighter, but the force that protects the remaining naturally dark sky, unpolluted by artificial light, is the same that saves its ancient trees--isolation. Staking out some of the world's last dark places, photographer Beth Moon uses a digital camera to reveal constellations, nebulae, and the Milky Way, in rich hues that are often too faint to be seen by the naked eye. As in her acclaimed first volume, Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time, these magnificent images encounter great arboreal specimens, including baobabs, olive trees, and redwoods, in such places as South Africa, England, and California. In her artist's statement, Beth Moon describes the experience of shooting at night in these remote places. An essay by Jana Grcevich, postdoctoral fellow of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History, provides the perspective of a scientist racing to study the stars in a world growing increasingly brighter. Clark Strand, the author of Waking Up to the Dark: Ancient Wisdom for a Sleepless Age, takes a different tack, illuminating the inherent spirituality of trees. AUTHOR: Beth Moon is a photographer based in New York who has gained international recognition for her large-scale, richly toned platinum prints. Her prints are held in numerous public and private collections and have appeared in more than sixty solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Italy, England, France, Israel, Brazil, Dubai, Singapore, and Canada, receiving widespread critical acclaim. With this new book, she explores colour photography for the first time. Clark Strand is an American author and lecturer on spirituality and religion. Jana Grcevich is a Kathryn W. Davis postdoctoral fellow in astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. SELLING POINTS: * Over 30,000 copies of 'Ancient Trees' have been sold since its publication. 55 colour digital prints

Major Flowering Trees of Tropical Gardens

Author: M. S. Swaminathan,S. L. Kochhar

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110864063X

Category: Science

Page: N.A

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This comprehensive text on flowering trees of tropical gardens discusses some new species of trees, including Adansonia digitata, Monodora myristica, Flacourtia montana, Balanites aegyptiaca, Bursera serrata, Commiphora wightii and Semecarpus anacardium. The text covers more than 200 of the most striking and widespread trees alongside closely related genera and species (both native and exotic) commonly encountered in the tropical climate. It includes more than 700 high resolution coloured photographs, depicting different facets including growth habit, morphological details of stem, leaves, flowers and fruits. The different tree species are organized according to Bentham and Hooker's system of classification of seed plants. The book discusses many aspects of trees including common and botanical names together with synonyms, taxonomic families, etymology (how trees have derived their names), phenology, their native place, geographical distribution, mythological notes, religious significance and economic importance. The text is useful for graduate students and academic researchers in the field of life sciences.

Forestry in the Midst of Global Changes

Author: Christine Farcy,Eduardo Rojas-Briales,Inazio Martinez de Arano

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1315282356

Category: Nature

Page: 428

View: 9063


Forestry today, like many other sectors that traditionally rely on material goods, faces significant global drivers of societal change that are less often addressed than the environmental concerns commonly in the spotlight of scientific, political, and news media. There are three major interconnected issues that are challenging forestry at its foundation: urbanization, tertiarization, and globalization. These issues are at the core of this book. The urbanization of society, a process in development from the first steps of industrialization, is particularly significant today with the predominance and quick growth rate of the world’s urban population. Ongoing urbanization is creating new perspectives on forestry, inducing changes in its social representation, and changing lifestyles and practices with a tendency toward dematerialization. The process of urbanization is also creating a disconnect and in some ways is leaving behind rurality, the sector of society where forestry has traditionally developed and taken place over centuries. The second issue covered in this book is the tertiarization of the economy. In society today, the sector of services largely dominates the economy and occupies the major part of the world’s active population. This ongoing process modifies professional modalities and ways of life and opens new doors to forests through the immaterial goods they provide. It also profoundly changes the framework, rules, processes, means of production, exchanges between economic factors, and the processes of innovation. The third issue is undoubtedly globalization in its economic, political, and social components. Whether it’s through bridging distances, crossing borders, accelerating changes, standardizing practices, leveling hierarchical structures, or pushing for interdependence, globalization impacts everyone, everywhere in multiple ways. Forestry is no exception. Forestry in the Midst of Global Changes focuses on these global drivers of change from the perspective of their relationships with how society functions. By analyzing them in depth through multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and even transdisciplinary approaches, this book is helping to design the forestry of tomorrow.

Literary Chickens

Author: N.A

Publisher: Abbeville Press

ISBN: 9780789213099

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 144

View: 6895


From the best-selling photographer of Ancient Trees, an arresting collection of black-and-white chicken portraits paired with quotations from classic literature Fierce, funny, and flamboyant, fifty-two heritage-breed chickens assess the camera with a keen gaze. By focusing on the faces of her avian subjects, Beth Moon reveals them to us not just as beautiful and exotic creatures, but as individuals in their own right. Moon's intimate portraits capture a startling range of emotions and personalities, underscored by excerpts from literature. A martial Spanish White Face is flanked by a passage from Beowulf; a fantastical Buff-Laced Polish, by a line from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; and a refined Blue Polish, by a character sketch from Swann's Way. An essay by chicken keeper and best-selling author Melissa Caughey and cultural critic Collier Brown sheds additional light on this fresh and remarkable body of work, which will appeal to animal lovers and literature buffs alike.


A Natural and Cultural History

Author: Philip Simpson

Publisher: Auckland University Press

ISBN: 1775589145

Category: Science

Page: 300

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A wonder of evolution, the big tree of the forest, the wood behind Maori carving and Pakeha fence posts: the ‘mighty totara’ is New Zealand’s tree and this book tells its story. The ‘mighty totara’ is one of our most extraordinary trees. Among the biggest and oldest trees in the New Zealand forest, the heart of Maori carving and culture, trailing no. 8 wire as fence posts on settler farms, clambered up in the Pureora protests of the 1980s: the story of New Zealand can be told through totara. Simpson tells that story like nobody else could. In words and pictures, through waka and leaves, farmers and carvers, he takes us deep inside the trees: their botany and evolution, their role in Maori life and lore, their uses by Pakeha, and their current status in our environment and culture. By doing so, Simpson illuminates the natural world and the story of Maori and Pakeha in this country. Our largest trees, the kauri Tane Mahuta and the totara Pouakani, are both thought to be around 1000 years old. They were here before we humans were and their relatives will probably be here when we are gone. Totara has been central to life in this country for thousands of years. This book tells a great tree’s story, and that is our story too.

Extreme Longevity

Discovering Earth's Oldest Organisms

Author: Karen Latchana Kenney

Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books ™

ISBN: 1541538196

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 104

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Meet the science experts who study specimens of extreme longevity in both the plant and animal kingdoms, such as the 80,000-year-old root system of Pando (a colony of male quaking aspens), 11,000-year-old deep-sea sponges, and 400-year-old sharks. Learn about technologies used to determine age and longevity, including DNA sampling, growth rings, and radiocarbon dating. See how scientists located these long-lived species were and why and how they resist disease and aging. And delve into how scientists are using what they know about aged plants and animals to research how we can promote longevity in humans.

Portraits of Hope

Armenians in the Contemporary World

Author: Huberta v. Voss

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1845452577

Category: History

Page: 340

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Elie Wiesel called the genocide of the Armenians during the First World War 'the Holocaust before the Holocaust'. Around one and a half million Armenians - men, women and children – were slaughtered at the time of the First World War. This book outlines some of the historical facts and consequences of the massacres but sees it as its main objective to present the Armenians to the foreign reader, their history but also their lives and achievements in the present that finds most Armenians dispersed throughout the world. 3000 years after their appearance in history, 1700 years after adopting Christianity and almost 90 years after the greatest catastrophe in their history, these 50 'biographical sketches of intellectuals, artists, journalists, and others...produce a complicated kaleidoscope of a divided but lively people that is trying once again, to rediscover its ethnic coherence. Armenian civilization does not consist solely of stories about a far-off past, but also of traditions and a national conscience suggestive of a future that will transcend the present.' [from the Preface]

A World History of Art

Author: Hugh Honour,John Fleming

Publisher: Laurence King Publishing

ISBN: 9781856694513

Category: Art

Page: 936

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Expanded to include the latest discoveries in prehistoric art as well as the most recent developments in non-Western and modern art, this is an up-to-date and wide ranging history of art.

Portrait of Oxford

Author: J. G. Sinclair

Publisher: Irving Lewis Press

ISBN: 1406745855

Category: Travel

Page: 144

View: 7585


PORTRAIT OF OXFORD By J. G, Sinclair Novels EASINGDEN 1926 LOVE IN EASINGDEN 1928 THE RETURN OF THE REBEL 1929 NO PLACE LIKE HOME 1931 Satires MAMMON 1926 TRUSTED LEADERS 1927 Impressionist PORTRAIT OF OXFORD 1931 Mr Sinclair has also in preparation the following works PORTRAIT OF AN AUTHOR A novel THE VERINGER FAMILY A novel AT CLOSE RANGE Portraits of certain eminent leaders in politics and literature. Portrait of Oxford By J. G. SINCLAIR VERACITY PRESS STURRY KENT I brought back with me certain memories of which, if I were not at the end of my space, I should attempt a discreet adumbration memories of a fete champetre in the beautiful gardens of one or the other colleges charming lawns and spreading trees, music of Grenadier Guards, ices in striped marquees, mild flirtation of youthful gownsmen and bemuslined maidens memories, too, of quiet dinner in common room, a decorous, excellent repast old portraits on the walls and great windows open upon the ancient court, wfyere the afternoon light was fading in the stillness superior talk upon current topics, and over all the peculiar air of Oxford. HENKY JAMES English Hours. Eight men out of ten regard their time at the university as an interlude. ... So they will go on frequenting places of amusement because this is to take the line of least resist ance. It is less effort than to seek amusement in their own society. . . . Oxford and Cambridge will be unable to equip men for participation in the new society and the more surely the new society develops, the more obviously unsuitable will they appear. JULIAN HALL Sometime Scholar of Balliol College, Oxford. Any one who has passed through the regular gradations of a classical education, and is not made a fool by it, may consider himself as having had a very narrow escape. HAZLITT. 1 Alma Mater or the Future of Oxford and Cambridge. 8 The men I was with at Oxford. ... I see the positions they have now obtained. One has great wealth another has achieved great notoriety two or three are in gaol, many are dead, and the rest are unknown. . . . HILAIRE BELLOC. An undergraduate and an undergraduette told me recently they were up here to have a good time, and were only doing the minimum of work which would prevent them from being sent down. ... DR W. B. SELBIE, Principal, Manchester College, Oxford. A University man, by being at a Uni versity, sustains the very greatest damage to his intellect. He comes out almost incapable of original thought. G. BERNARD SHAW. . . . pleasant, easy-going, evasive young men, up to nothing in particular and schooled out of faith, passion or ambition. H. G. WELLS. 9 PRINCIPALLY PERSONAL ACCEPTING THE INEVITABLE I am against hasty publication. The major part of PORTRAIT OF OXFORD was written in the years 1926 7 but, of course, I had begun a close study of my data some years earlier. I say of course, because it will at once be apparent to the reader that so much unpublished fact could not have been assembled without intimate and industrious research, founded on unabating fidelity to the cause at heart. In an old diary, under the date, January 27th, 19, I find an entry which reads Union debate. . . . Much sound signifying nothing. That impression, much more matured in Chapter XIV of the present work, has a certain personal chronological interest for at the moment when I made the above entry I had not the tiniest intuition that afterwards to me would fall the duty of writing PORTRAIT OF OXFORD. But the profound Professor himself, Herr Einstein, has declared that everything is determined from the Beginning thus, ipso facto, PORTRAIT OF OXFORD appears in the inevitable evolution of the Determined AIL LOVE IN EQUILIBRIUM None should write of Oxford whose impulse so to serve does not originate in love. But love lacking equipoise is a perilous power It must be 11 PORTRAIT OF OXFORD rid of all ebriated elements if it is faithfully to serve such inspired, rather than self-imposed, tasks as are herein performed...