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Remarkable Trees of the World [Hardcover]

Thomas Pakenham
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15 Aug 2002
Following the extraordinary success of MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE TREES, Thomas Pakenham broadens his search for remarkable specimens around the world. From North and South America to Europe, from Asia and South Africa and Madagascar to Australia and New Zealand, he presents us with trees of personality and presence: Dwarfs, Giants, Monuments, and Aliens ¿ the lovingly tended midgets of Japan; the massive ¿General Sherman¿ of Sierra Nevada; the Mexican Tule Bald Cypress; the enormous strangler from India now romping about the University of Palermo in Sicily; and the 4,700 year old ¿Old Methusalehs¿, the bristlecone pines discovered in the White Mountains of California. From ancient yews and ginkos to colossal redwoods and fairytale baobabs, this book is the fruit of Thomas Pakenham¿s search for the most remarkable trees of the world.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (15 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297843001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297843009
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 24 x 29 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Following on from his highly successful "Meetings with Remarkable Trees", Thomas Pakenham steps away from Britain and Ireland and traverses the globe in search of 60 more formidable trees - in size, history or myth - to photograph and investigate. From the giant redwoods of California to "upside down" baobabs in Africa, Pakenham emabarks on his voyage with gusto and a 30lb Linhof camera and tripod. Through torrential rain, snow, drought and blazing sun, his photographs capture the impressiveness and standing of these remarkable plants who support life, inspire lore and have been worshipped for centuries. Occasionally dispelling myth, at other times concurring, his writing supports the lavishness of his photographs, being amusing and witty at the same time as being informative. This is not a botanical work. It is an engaging study of trees and their relationship with man over the centuries by an author who has become fascinated with his subject and who wishes to share this enthusiasm with others. - Lucy Watson

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Thomas Pakenham in search of the oldest, most unusual and most impressive trees of the world.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book 16 Dec 2002
I bought this book as a present for someone, and had a look through it before I wrapped it, and it really did capture my attention.
These trees are like mother nature's sculptures! Each one different, each one unique and very beautiful. The photography in the book is breath-taking and they really have caught the majesty of some of the most amazing trees in the World. Twisted and contorted, or tall and elegant, the range is wide and each tree shown in the book seems to have its own character. The description and history that goes with each picture is well written and expressive.
Sometimes, living in a big city it is easy to ignore the amazing things nature has created around us, but I am sure after looking through this book, you won't pass a tree again without looking at it and appreciating its beauty.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning photography 14 Sep 2002
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This book is a must for people who appreciate the various types of trees there are in the world. This book is wonderfully presented and captures so many diverse trees - the book is certainly one to keep and also give as gifts. It has made me look twice at the trees that I pass each day. This book makes one realise just how many different types of trees there are on this planet, many of which have outlived several generations and must be protected for many years to come. Buy it and see for yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Engaging 28 Jan 2009
The title of the book is very apt - remarkable trees indeed. If like me you are not nesessarily an obsessive nature lover but appreciate it then this book could be for you. The photographs are superb and the subject matter astounding. It's not unfair to say that I really have had my perceptions about the incredible beauty and majesty of trees changed forever. Thomas Pakenham also gives a history and biological tour of each tree photographed as well. Clearly he is a man in love of his subject and it shines through. I can guarantee that if you leave this book on a coffee table any friends you have over will pick it up and find it hard to put down regardless of their love or not of nature. Well recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Voluptuous and majestic 18 Jan 2011
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This book is a follow-up to Meetings With Remarkable Trees, which told the story of the author's search for huge and old trees in the British Isles. Pakenham is heir to the Longford family, with ancestral lands in Ireland; as such, he grew up with an unusual relationship with the ancient trees on the estate, planted by his ancestors. His love affair with trees has now taken him round the world, to find individuals of extraordinary power in the vegetable world.

The trees are viewed according their character, not from any geographical or botanic viewpoint. Each entry is like an interview with a star; the portraits are accompanied by reverent, awestruck descriptions. This could make the book sound a bit twee - except the trees are so huge, old, tall, gnarled and full of character that we, too, are awestruck by them. The photographs are amongst the most atmospheric I have ever seen; often it is as if we could reach out and touch the tree, or feel the mountain wind in our ears.

This is a life-affirming book to drool over when you are feeling out of sorts with the world; it will do you good and put things back in perspective. It would be a wonderful gift for someone who has been ill, or is stuck in the city. A word of warning; do not be tempted by inexpensive paperback reprints. This is a book to get in hardback.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 26 April 2014
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A beautiful book with full page photographs, an excellent addition to our bookcase.
Bargain price and in very good condition
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read 2 Mar 2014
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This was a present but I started to read it and found it fascinating. It is well researched ,well illustrated and beautifully presented
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot praise this book enough 8 Jan 2014
By warthog
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Bought this book as a Christmas present for my husband and I simply could not put it down! I can only agree with all the reviews here that this is a very special book. Beautifully illustrated and so well researched. I would recommend this book highly - not just for tree lovers either.
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