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Wonders: Spectacular Moments in Nature Photography Hardcover – 7 Aug 2018
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"Nature is a beautiful thing and this stunning book has more than 100 snaps capturing the natural world in all its glory. The shot of the wildebeest migration is incredible, as is that of the elusive pampas cat." --The Sun
"WONDERS is a stunning collection of the best photographs from the Big Picture Natural World Photography Competition, and what a line-up it is! [...] If you need a reminder of the wonders of nature, then look no further than the pages of this fabulous book." --Daily Mail
"While the animal photographs capture those behaviours that humans don't often get to see, the landscape shots preserve transient moments in nature that might be missed by those without a photographer's eye. And if you're keen to recreate the images yourself, you'll be pleased to know that the book explains the scientific phenomena and photographic techniques behind each shot." --BBC Focus
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The California Academy of Sciences is a renowned scientific and educational institution in San Francisco.
Rhonda Rubinstein is the creative director of the California Academy of Sciences and cofounder of the BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition. She lives in San Francisco.
Dr. Jonathan Foley is the executive director of the California Academy of Sciences. He lives in San Francisco.
Dr. Sylvia A. Earle is a legendary oceanographer, explorer, and author. She lives in Oakland, California.
Suzi Eszterhas is an award-winning wildlife photographer. She lives in Petaluma, California.
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Each photograph is accompanied by the photographer’s story and thoughts from the academy scientists that deepen your understanding of what you’re seeing.
I found the backstories of what went into those shots absolutely fascinating. The photographers are braving the elements and wildlife, and then place their position and timing bets based on meticulous studies, and even with the best planning, still require all the luck in the world for it to work out. There are a few photos of the photographers in their natural habitat in the book and those give you a glimpse of their planning process.
At the end of the book, they introduce you to each of these photographers and tell you where they’re from and what their specialty is.
I’ll be sure to add a trip to the Academy of Sciences to my next San Francisco trip. They have a planetarium, aquarium and natural history museum right at Golden Gate Park.
Weeks later, the book has not yet seen a shelf in our library, and we are still discussing some of the pictures. Yet, sometimes, looking through the pages, there just are no words to express what's pictured there.
I will sincerely say that this is the best "coffee table" book that I've ever come across. If you are looking for something like this for yourself or for gifting, I don't think you could do better.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
Honestly, this has some of the most gorgeous photos I've ever seen and they give such an amazing view of our natural world.
Even the more common animals look extraordinary here, and the rarer ones are mind-blowing. I was simply in awe.
This one will be on my coffee table, enchanting guests for years to come.
*ARC Provided via Publisher