The Long, Long Life of Trees

Author: Fiona Stafford

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 030022219X

Category: Nature

Page: 288

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A lyrical tribute to the diversity of trees, their physical beauty, their special characteristics and uses, and their ever-evolving meanings Since the beginnings of history trees have served humankind in countless useful ways, but our relationship with trees has many dimensions beyond mere practicality. Trees are so entwined with human experience that diverse species have inspired their own stories, myths, songs, poems, paintings, and spiritual meanings. Some have achieved status as religious, cultural, or national symbols. In this beautifully illustrated volume Fiona Stafford offers intimate, detailed explorations of seventeen common trees, from ash and apple to pine, oak, cypress, and willow. The author also pays homage to particular trees, such as the fabled Ankerwyke Yew, under which Henry VIII courted Anne Boleyn, and the spectacular cherry trees of Washington, D.C. Stafford discusses practical uses of wood past and present, tree diseases and environmental threats, and trees’ potential contributions toward slowing global climate change. Brimming with unusual topics and intriguing facts, this book celebrates trees and their long, long lives as our inspiring and beloved natural companions.

The Secret Life of Trees

How They Live and Why They Matter

Author: Colin Tudge

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141927291

Category: Science

Page: 464

View: 5167


'Everyone interested in the natural world will enjoy The Secret Life of Trees. I found myself reading out whole chunks to friends' The Times, Books of the Year What is a tree? As this celebration of the trees shows, they are our countryside; our ancestors descended from them; they gave us air to breathe. Yet while the stories of trees are as plentiful as leaves in a forest, they are rarely told. Here, Colin Tudge travels from his own back garden round the world to explore the beauty, variety and ingenuity of trees everywhere: from how they live so long to how they talk to each other and why they came to exist in the first place. Lyrical and evocative, this book will make everyone fall in love with the trees around them.

Sylvan Cities

An Urban Tree Guide

Author: Helen Babbs

Publisher: Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1786493659

Category: Gardening

Page: 181

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Sylvan City is a potted-journey through our cities' woody places and a literary hunt for where their wild things are. Reviews for Sylvan Cities: 'Clever, pretty, fun and informative - what more can a reader ask for?' Sara Maitland, author of Gossip From the Forest 'Full of gems; a manifesto for green cities. Babbs will turn us all into urban rangers, an unquiet army of neighbourhood watchers.' Max Adams, author of Wisdom of Trees An intricately illustrated journey into the urban forest, Sylvan City is both a practical guide to identifying twenty of the most common trees standing sentry on our street corners, and a lyrical, anecdotal treasure trove of facts and history, culture and leafy lore. It's certainly possible to appreciate a tree for its beauty, its shade and its shelter without knowing whether it's an alder, an elder, a lime or a beech. But look harder, and we begin to see the beauty beneath the bark - the tales of how trees are integral to medicine and art as they are furniture and firewood; the stories of why wild figs grow on the banks of Sheffield's rivers and why the ash tree is touched with magic and mischief.

The Queer Life of Things

Performance, Affect, and the More-Than-Human

Author: Anne M. Harris, Principal Research Fellow,Stacy Holman Jones

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1498541003

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 158

View: 1938


The Queer Life of Things takes up new materialism and posthumanism as a queer intervention into the devaluing and degradation of some human, animal, and plant lives and ways of living. Through a sustained and vibrant encounter with things that matter, this book offers readers an affective and more-than-human mode of activism for the 21st century.

The Brief Life of Flowers

Author: Fiona Stafford

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1473686369

Category: Nature

Page: 240

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The beauty of flowers is well known, inspiring creative minds from Botticelli to Beatrix Potter. But they've also played a key part in forming the past, and may shape our future. Roses and thistles have served as symbols of monarchs, dynasties and nations. We wear poppies to remember the First World War, but it was the elderflower that treated its wounded soldiers. A rose might mend a broken heart, and sunflowers may just save our planet. At once enchanting and intriguing, The Brief Life of Flowers reveals how even the most ordinary of flowers have extraordinary stories to tell.

The Long Road Home and Other Short Stories from the Silences in the Gospel of Mark

Author: James S. Lowry

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 162189682X

Category: Religion

Page: 120

View: 3198


Borrowing from the ancient rabbinic use of midrash as a means of opening Scripture to students, James Lowry has chosen six texts from among those in which he believes Mark deliberately left silences. The author is convinced Mark hoped his readers would be encouraged to raise a variety of possibilities as to what the evangelist left unsaid. Beginning with Mark choosing not to name the temptations of Jesus (Mark 1:12-13) and concluding with Mark choosing to conclude his narrative with the women leaving the tomb of Jesus in stunned silence (Mark 16:8), Lowry spins short stories that suggest several alternative ideas as to how the biblical narrative might have played. In half of the tales, Lowry enters the text and adds fictitious material to Mark's narrative. In the other half, his stories are set in the small textile town of Great Falls, South Carolina, where the author grew up in the 1950s. The hope is these stories will encourage readers of Mark and groups of his readers to raise other possibilities.

Strange Mysteries

Author: Geetanjali Shahi

Publisher: Pustak Mahal

ISBN: 9788122305586


Page: 120

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There are more things in earth and heaven than dreamt in your philosophy Horatio, remarked the most famous literary character, Hamlet. True, the world is surely a stranger place than we can ever imagine! Often we come across so many strange incidents that simlpy defy all reason. the basic aim of this book is to increase your knowledge about the world and expand your horizon. Here are the facts which which will thrill and fascinate you. the language has been specifically kept very simple and lucid and authenticity of the material is beyond any doubts.

In Vitro Culture of Trees

Author: J.M. Bonga,Patrick Aderkas,Patrick von Aderkas

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780792315407

Category: Nature

Page: 236

View: 9684


Laboratory organization and equipment. Media preparation. Collection, sterilization, excision and culture. Clonal propagation. Special cultures. Secondary metabolite production. Nitrogen fixation. Storage of cultures. Genetic modification.