The Power of TreesA stroll through the forest with stunning photographs and a moving meditation on the secret life of trees
Intimate in size yet quietly breathtaking in scope, this graceful gift book will forever change how you think, and how you feel, about trees. In poetically sparse scientific observations, renowned conservation biologist Gretchen Daily narrates the evolution, impact, and natural wonder of trees. Alongside photographs by Chuck Katz, the text ...
Twenty-six duotone black and white photographs illustrate the development of trees: how trunks were formed, what tree rings tell us about human societies, and how trees define the future of humanity. Pictures of trees threading through the landscape - dotting mountainsides, braiding along the sides of glassine rivers - bear witness to the lyrical force and clarity of Daily's observations.
Recreating the authors’ hike together through the landscape of the Skagit River in Washington State, the balletic movement between Daily’s commentary and Katz’s vision reaches out to readers, inviting them to enjoy the landscape through a scientific understanding of trees. At once emotional and intellectual, The Power of Trees is the first collection of nature photographs that invites the reader to not only delight in the gorgeous play between light and shadow, but also the fascinating natural mechanisms that create such striking natural beauty.
An ecologist by training, Gretchen Daily is an internationally acclaimed conservancy advocate and scholar. Her role as a National Trustee for The Nature Conservancy will feature prominently in the national marketing campaign to bridge the gap between scientific educators and the general nature reader.
“As Daily points out, trees come in at least 60,000 varieties. Over their some 400 million year history, they have staked their claim in nearly every terrestrial environment and have enriched humankind in ways that simply can’t be calculated.”— Shelflife
“Daily, a conservation biologist, and her friend Katz visited the Skagit River region in Washington State, where Daily found consolation during the slow death of her father. The lyrical little book she has written in the aftermath is a window into the world of “the longest-lived organisms on Earth,” a way of transcending pain through an appreciation of what’s right in front of you. We can, she reminds us, read the past in a tree’s rings, as we would read the pages of a book.”— New York Times Book Review
“The Power of Trees is not a coffee-table piece, but rather a science-based title for the poetry section, with a beauty best appreciated up close – like the veins of a leaf, so similar to our own.”— Monterey County Weekly
“This compact book has a powerful message — just how integral trees are to the world’s biological systems.”— The Seattle Times
“The Power of Trees, a slim new volume from Trinity University Press, is dense with information, as dense as heartwood, which can be 'as hard as steel' in some species.”— The San Antonio Express-News
“In one small volume, The Power of Trees delivers a treatise on these silent giants that satisfies tree-huggers and skeptical science types alike.”— Nature Magazine
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