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A Naturalist’s Guide to the Trees of Sri LankaArtist/Author: de Silva Wijeyeratne, Gehan
A photographic identification guide to 125 tree species most commonly seen in Sri Lanka, perfect for resident and visitor alike. Over 350 high quality photographs from Sri Lanka’s top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include nomenclature, size, distribution and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers geography and climate, the different habitats and tree structure.
Mountain Ash: Fire, Logging and the Future of Victoria’s Giant ForestsArtist/Author: Lindenmayer, David, David Blair, Lachlan McBurney, Sam Banks
Mountain Ash draws together exciting new findings on the effects of fire and on post-fire ecological dynamics following the 2009 wildfires in the Mountain Ash forests of the Central Highlands of Victoria. The book integrates data on forests, carbon, fire dynamics and other factors, building on 6 years of high-quality, multi-faceted research coupled with 25 years of pre-fire insights.
Topics include: the unexpected effects of fires of varying severity on populations of large old trees and their implications for the dynamics of forest ecosystems; relationships between forest structure, condition and age and their impacts on fire severity; relationships between logging and fire severity; the unexpectedly low level of carbon stock losses from burned forests, including those burned at very high severity; impacts of fire at the site and landscape levels on arboreal marsupials; persistence of small mammals and birds on burned sites, including areas subject to high-severity fire, and its implications for understanding how species in this group exhibit post-fire recovery patterns.
With spectacular images of the post-fire environment, Mountain Ash will be an important reference for scientists and students with interests in biodiversity, forests and fire.
Grasslands and Climate ChangeArtist/Author: Gibson, David J, Jonathan A Newman (Editors)
Grasslands are the most extensive terrestrial biome on Earth and are critically important for forage, biodiversity, and ecosystem services. This book brings together an international team of researchers to review scientific knowledge of the effects of climate change on world grasslands, a process we are only just starting to understand. Part I assesses how climate change will impact on the distribution of grasslands, as well as production, biogeochemical cycling and ecosystem services. Part II considers the consequences for the spread of invasive species, demographic change, trophic-level relationships, soil biota, and evolutionary change within grassland biodiversity. Part III proposes how ecologists can respond to climate change effects, focusing on grazing systems, cultural ecology, range management, and restoration. The concluding chapter sets grasslands in the context of the Anthropocene era and identifies the vital research and conservation needs for grassland ecosystems to remain environmentally sustainable under climate change.
Fantastic Fungi: How Mushrooms Can Heal, Shift Consciousness & Save the PlanetArtist/Author: Stamets, Paul (Editor), Louie Schwartzberg (Afterword by), Eugenia Bone, Suzanne Simard, Roland Griffiths, Jay Harman, William Richards, Andrew Weil, Michael Pollan (Contributors)
Contributions from Michael Pollan, Andrew Weil, Eugenia Bone, and many more expterts make Fantastic Fungi an awe-inspiring visual journey through the exotic, little-known realm of fungi and its amazing potential to positively influence our lives.
An all-star team of professional and amateur mycologists, artists, foodies, ecologists, doctors, and explorers joined forces with time-lapse master Louie Schwartzberg to create Fantastic Fungi, the life-affirming, mind-bending film about mushrooms and their mysterious interwoven rootlike filaments called mycelium. What this team reveals will blow your mind and possibly save the planet. This visually compelling companion book of the same name, edited by preeminent mycologist Paul Stamets, will expand upon the film in every way through extended transcripts, new essays and interviews, and additional facts about the fantastic realm of fungi.
Fantastic Fungi is at the forefront of a mycological revolution that is quickly going mainstream. In this book, learn about the incredible communication network of mycelium under our feet, which has the proven ability to restore the planet’s ecosystems, repair our health, and resurrect our symbiotic relationship with nature. Fantastic Fungi aspires to educate and inspire the reader in three critical areas: First, the text showcases research that reveals mushrooms as a viable alternative to Western pharmacology. Second, it explores studies pointing to mycelium as a solution to our gravest environmental challenges. And, finally, it details fungi’s marvelous proven ability to shift consciousness.
Motivating both the visually stunning film and this follow-up book is an urgent mission to change human consciousness and restore our planet.
Flora of the Mediterranean: With California, Chile, Australia & South Africa – An Illustrated GuideArtist/Author: Gardner, Christopher Martin, (Author), Baṣak Güner Gardner (Author)
The Mediterranean a land of blues skies, warm sunshine, rugged mountains and azure seas. Yet this familiar image conceals another Mediterranean a secret landscape populated by a dazzling variety of wild flowers and plants, from spectacular orchids and ancient olive trees to delicate snowdrops and hardy cacti.
Following on from their widely acclaimed Flora of the Silk Road, (see Stock ID 14067) Chris and Başak Gardner present a stunning selection of 600 of the finest wild flowers that grow in the Mediterranean regions of the world. Travelling across five continents Europe, North America, Africa, South America and Australia the authors reveal the rich botanical profusion that makes up the flora of the Mediterranean regions of the world. For each region, a succession of the most outstanding flowers is featured, from the spectacular and exotic to the beautiful yet familiar, with each plant presented in its natural habitat.
Beginning with the countries of the Mediterranean Basin, the reader is taken along the rugged Atlas Mountains, through Andalucía and Italy, to arrive at the amazing botanical richness of Greece, southern Anatolia and Jordan. In California and Chile the journey is through flowering deserts, snow-capped peaks and towering forests of redwood and monkey puzzle trees, beside a coast lapped by the Pacific Ocean. The ancient landscapes of Southern Australia provide a truly remarkable assemblage of astonishing flora, whilst the Western Cape of South Africa is home to an unimaginable diversity of flora. The accompanying text provides descriptions of the species, plant families and their distribution, as well as offering guidance to those wishing to photograph plants in the wild.
With 600 stunning colour photographs, and presenting a breadth of flora never before brought together in a single volume, the authors offer a unique window on the floral wonders of the Mediterranean world.
The Immortal YewArtist/Author: Hall, Tony
Yew trees are some of the oldest living organisms in Europe, with particular individuals thought to be over 2,000 years old. Often found growing in churchyards, the English yew or common yew (Taxus baccata) is surrounded in myth and mystery, and its influence can be found throughout history.
Author Tony Hall provides profiles on over 75 publicly accessible yews, with details on their appearance, location, folklore and history, all accompanied with photographs of these stunning individuals. Each tree has its own story to tell, from fragmented, sprawling trunks, ones you can sit inside of, and ancient individuals propped up.
Tony describes that many of the magnificent ancient yew trees alive today are situated in churchyards, but are thought to be pre-Christian, pre-dating the churches they sit beside. Being an evergreen tree, the yew was believed to be particularly sacred and long associated with rebirth, and as a result many of the churchyards where ancient yews grow were originally sites of Druid or Celtic worship. The link between churches and the yew became so established that when new churches were built, yew trees were planted next to them.
Yew trees support a huge biodiversity, from wildflowers, to insects and wild animals. Their future is at risk due to factors such as increasing age and climate change, and with this book Tony hopes to raise the profiles of these magnificent individuals, and promote their locations, for people to visit and invest in their continued longevity.
Remarkable TreesArtist/Author: Harrison, Christina, Tony Kirkham
Trees have long been special to us, not only for their innate beauty and character, but also through the ages they have been central to human existence in numerous ways. They provide us with vital ingredients for life – food, medicine, building materials, resins and spices, even the oxygen we breathe.
Ecologically they are crucial in controlling pollution and moderating climate, and culturally they have great significance in religion, folklore and art. Increasingly, it has also been shown that as well as greening our lives they can improve our health and mental well-being.
More than 60,000 species of trees are found in an amazing variety of forms, sizes and habitats. Every tree has its own story and here are over 60, selected for their particular resonance and connection with humankind – revealing their ecological, historical and cultural significance and representing most of the world’s major zones and climates.
In portraits that combine vivid cultural and historical narrative with a firm scientific grounding, the authors reveal the details of trees from around the world, both familiar and strange – from the timber of mahogany to the delights of chocolate and pomegranate, from the medicinal tea tree to the deadly manchineel, and from fragrant frankincense to the highly prized dragon’s blood tree.
The Shirley Sherwood Collection: Botanical Art Over 30 YearsArtist/Author: Sherwood, Shirley
This book is a celebration of the Shirley Sherwood Collection of contemporary botanical art, made over a period of 30 years by Dr Shirley Sherwood and considered the most important private collection of its kind in the world. In 2018 the 1,000th painting was added to the collection, a pocket handkerchief tree by Coral Guest. Showcasing the beauty and diversity of the collection, this book features 265 botanical paintings by 144 artists from 36 countries.
The paintings are arranged in chapters by geographical origin of the artists, and each artwork is beautifully reproduced on a single page. Many of the artists are from the British Isles but there are also impressive and varied paintings from Japan, Thailand, Brazil, Australia, Russia, South Africa and the United States. The many ways used to create plant portraits are explored in watercolour, pen and ink, oils, diamond point etching on paper, vellum, glass and canvas. An additional chapter features the thousandth painting by Coral Guest, and how this was initiated and added to the collection. Biographies of all the artists featured are provided at the back of the book.
The Shirley Sherwood Collection is the most important contemporary botanical art collection in the world today, put together by a single, private individual, comprising over a thousand works (1,008) by 303 artists from 36 countries, amassed during 30 years of travel and study. The Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew is described as the focus of botanical art worldwide and has shown over 50 exhibitions since its inauguration in 2008 to well over a million visitors.
This book accompanies the exhibition of the same name showing in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew from November 2019 – March 2020.
Cooking with the Oldest Foods on Earth: Australian Native Foods: Recipes and SourcesArtist/Author: Newton, John
Native produce business is booming and it’s about to enter a new phase — Australian native ingredients are beginning to turn up in growers’ markets and even local supermarkets. From Warrigal greens and saltbush, to kangaroo and yabbies — John Newton will inspire you to grab some and take it home.
This short companion book to the award-winning The Oldest Foods on Earth shows you how to cook with Australian ingredients, where to find them and how to grow them. Organised by ingredient, each chapter includes a brief history, a practical guide, and recipes for you to make in your very own kitchen. It promises to broaden Australians’ culinary horizons in every way.
‘This book is full of the information about Australian foods that your country refused to teach you. Here’s your chance to fully appreciate your homeland.’ — Bruce Pascoe
Flowering Plants of Lower Eyre Peninsula: An Illustrated Tour of the Native FloraArtist/Author: Saunders, Brian
Illustration of over 300 species of native plants of Lower Eyre Peninsula including tall trees, carnivorous plants, edible fruits, numerous orchids and a variety of adaptations facilitating pollination, seed dispersal, and regeneration after fire. Threats to, and conservation of, the native flora are discussed. The best places to view and appreciate the plants are included.
Broadleaf Weed Seedlings of Temperate Crops and Pastures: A Field GuideArtist/Author: Dellow, J J
This is a ‘must have’ field guide for farmers, graziers, extension officers, consultants and students who are trying to identify broadleaf weeds at the early seedling stage.
The guide includes descriptions of:
- 95 broadleaf plant species, focusing on the weeds of the temperate zone of Australia;
- 86 weeds;
- the broadleaf crops canola and safflower, and a broadleaf forage crop;
- six legume pasture species, including lucerne, white clover and subterranean clover.
The guide also includes a detailed colour photo and a short description pointing out the features unique to each species, making it easy to identify the seedlings while at their most susceptible stage for control. Cross-references are included for look-alike species.
For ease of identification, the plants in the field guide are arranged according to cotyledon shape, that is, the shape of the seed leaf – in the early seedling stage it is important to recognise the difference between the cotyledon and the true leaves. Diagrams showing the plant parts and the different shapes of leaves, cotyledons, apexes, bases and margins will help the user to correctly identify species.
An Artistic Journey Among the Flowers of the Tropical South Pacific: A Collection of WatercoloursArtist/Author: South, Graham R
This book is a collection watercolours of plants Graham has seen, mainly in gardens, throughout the tropical South Pacific region. Each painting is accompanied by scientific text which aids identification. Included is a summary of flower names, origins and uses.
Fascinated with nature from an early age, Graham as a teenager in Norfolk, U.K. became an avid birdwatcher, and it was then that he met Richard Richardson, who was Britain’s most acclaimed British bird artist at that time. He was inspired watching Richard as he sketched birds in the field and witnessed his uncanny recall of details. Later, drawing played an important role in his University research in botany, and the importance of good illustrations would follow him throughout his career. During a two-year stay in New Zealand in the early seventies Graham met, worked with and was mentored by the late Nancy Adams of the National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, when she was New Zealand’s National Botanical Artist. Graham was inspired by Nancy’s brilliant watercolour illustrations of New Zealand’s alpine flora, and New Zealand seaweeds, in which they shared a common interest. He began his painting career when he took up landscape painting in oils in earnest. returning to his then home in Newfoundland, Canada . He continued painting in Newfoundland, specialising in oil paintings of landscapes and of lichens. Since 1989, living in the Pacific Islands and Australia he began painting watercolours of tropical plants; this brought together his fascination with plants and using them as challenging subjects in his work. Graham is a member if the Botanical Art Society of Australia and lives in North Queensland.
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