Seeds: Time Capsules of Life

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Earth Aware Editions #ad - The diversity of shapes and sizes encountered in seeds is nearly endless and ranges from the impressive Seychelles nut at twenty kilos to the dustlike seeds of the orchids. No matter how small, packed into every seed is the complete genetic information needed to give rise to a new plant, whether it is a tiny herb or a giant rainforest tree.

True time capsules of life, if necessary, seeds may travel thousands of miles and, wait for hundreds of years before germinating. Seeds constitutes an essential source book not only for those fascinated by the natural world, but also for artists, designers, and anyone interested in the development of biological structures.

Seeds: Time Capsules of Life #ad - . In this lavish collection, artist rob kesseler and seed morphologist Wolfgang Stuppy of the Millennium Seed Bank at the Royal Botanic Gardens, present a natural history of seeds, Kew, illustrated with close-up photographs and scanning electron micrographs. With its studied narrative and beautiful photographic eye, this keepsake volume is a stunning tribute to the beauty and marvel of seeds.

Seeds are the most complex organs plants ever produce. Used book in Good Condition. This brand-new edition features a preface by HRH the Prince of Wales, himself an avid conservationist. Since then they have developed into highly sophisticated propagules that have enabled plants to dominate the Earth’s surface and conquer almost every possible habitat from the Antarctic to the hottest deserts.

A major keystone in the evolution of land plants, the first seeds appeared some 360 million years ago.

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Pollen: The Hidden Sexuality of Flowers

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Earth Aware Editions #ad - Starting with a clear explanation of the structure and form of pollen, the authors go on to examine the remarkable events from pollination to fertilization, and the many unseen ways in which pollen impacts our lives. All of this is interwoven with a dazzling array of original images by the authors, created especially for the book.

Pollen is a unique interpretation of a magical world that no other book on the subject has ever been able to achieve. A captivating glimpse into the unseen world around us, but few of us are aware of the astonishing diversity of the structure of pollen grains, organisms so small that they cannot be seen without a microscopePollen is ubiquitous: In childhood we all learn a little about plant reproduction and the role of the bee, although these tiny, this groundbreaking book is the result of the shared fascination of an artist and a scientist with the perfect design of pollen grains, extraordinary forms have fascinated the scientifically curious since the seventeenth century.

Pollen: The Hidden Sexuality of Flowers #ad - These grains are enclosed beyond the accessible beauty of the flower until the moment of release, water, or animal vectors to achieve their purpose, when they are carried by wind, which is procreation.

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Fruit: Edible, Inedible, Incredible compact edition

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Papadakis #ad - They are one of nature s most wonderful gifts but providing us with a healthy source of food is not the reason that plants produce such delicious fruits. The formation, development and demise of the fruits are described their vital role in the preservation of the biodiversity of our planet explained. Whether these involve wind, water, animals or the plant's own explosive triggers, they are reflected in the many colours, shapes and sizes of the fruits that protect the seeds and in the extraordinary way that some fruits have adapted to the animals that disperse their seeds, humans, and the animals to the fruits they relish.

In this pioneering collaboration, visual artist Rob Kesseler and seed morphologist Wolfgang Stuppy use scanning electronmicroscopy to obtain astonishing images of a variety of fruits and the seeds they protect. Fruits are the keepers of the precious seeds that ensure our future; some are edible, quite simply, others inedible and many, incredible.

Fruit: Edible, Inedible, Incredible compact edition #ad - Following the award-winning seeds: time capsules of Life, Wolfgang Stuppy and Rob Kesseler explore the fascinating world of fruits through a unique presentation of extraordinary images from around the world accompanied by a lively explanatory text. The key role that both play in the survival of each species explains the manifold strategies and ruses that plants have developed for the dispersal of their seeds.

It is therefore quite legitimate to ask what fruits are, and why they exist. The black and white microscope images have been sumptuously coloured by Rob Kesseler highlighting the structure and functioning of the minuscule fruit and seeds some almost invisible to the naked eye and in so doing creating a work of art.

Razor-sharp cross-sections reveal intricate interiors, nuts and other examples of botanical architecture and reproductive ingenuity.

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Seeing Seeds: A Journey into the World of Seedheads, Pods, and Fruit Seeing Series

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Timber Press #ad - And fava beans—beloved of foodies—have a Jekyll-and-Hyde personality: they can cause the debilitating condition known as favism in some individuals and at the same time combat the microorganism that causes malaria. When you return, it’s safe to say that you’ll never look at a seed the same way again.

Llewellyn’s images reflect a depth of detail that until now, only the best botanical illustrators could approach. The washington post a centuries-old saying goes, “Great oaks from little acorns grow. But as this dazzling book reveals, and fruits have their own astounding beauty that rivals, there is much more to a seed than the plant it will someday become: seeds, and sometimes even surpasses, seedheads, pods, the beauty of flowers.

Seeing Seeds: A Journey into the World of Seedheads, Pods, and Fruit Seeing Series #ad - Lotus seeds sent into orbit by Chinese scientists came back to earth mysteriously altered. Timber Press OR. In these stunning pages you’ll gain an understanding of how seeds are formed and dispersed, why they look the way they do, and how they fit into the environment. Poppy pods could be art nouveau salt shakers.

Jewels of opar got its name from a fabled city in Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan stories. And butterfly vine seeds look exactly like those delicate insects captured in mid-flight. Seeds also come with fascinating stories.

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Animal Architecture

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Harry N. Abrams #ad - Ingo arndt’s stunning studio photographs and vibrant in-situ shots of nests, forests, and wetlands provide close-up details of these designs, as well as the animals who created them. Capturing 120 of these wonders in all their beauty and complexity, Animal Architecture presents a visually arresting tribute to the intersection of nature, science, function, and design.

Abrams. Every day, animals and insects set about the purposeful tasks of designing their homes, all over the world, catching their prey, and attracting their mates. These compelling images are com­bined with an abundance of fascinating facts about the evolution of animals and insects, as well as their survival methods, genetic dispositions, mating habits, and more.

Animal Architecture #ad - In the process they create gorgeous nests, shelters, and habitats. Timber Press OR.

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The Book of Seeds: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from around the World

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University of Chicago Press #ad - Abrams. The next time you admire a field of waving green grassland or a stunning grove of acacia, stop to consider how it got that way—often against incredible odds. Seeds are nature’s consummate survivors. The whole spectrum of seeds is covered here. Seeds can survive freezing temperatures and drought. And while seeds in all their shapes, such as the rosary pea, and colors grant us sustenance, there are even some we would be wise to treat with caution, sizes, whose seeds are considered more toxic than ricin.

There are tiny seeds and seeds weighing up to forty pounds. Each page pairs a beautifully composed photo of a seed—life-size, enlarged to display fine detail—with a short description, in some cases, a map showing distribution, and, and information on conservation status. They can even endure complete desiccation, a feat taken to extraordinary lengths by the date palm, a seed from which was recovered from the palace of Herod the Great was germinated after some two thousand years.

The Book of Seeds: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from around the World #ad - The book of seeds takes readers through six hundred of the world’s seed species, revealing their extraordinary beauty and rich diversity. Timber Press OR. They can pass through our digestive systems without damage and weather a trip across the ocean, hitching a ride on marine debris. There are prolific species like corn and less widely distributed species, like the brilliant blue seeds of the traveler’s palm or the bird of paradise flower, aptly named for its distinctive orange coiffure.

The essential guide to these complex plant creations, The Book of Seeds offers readers a rare, up-close look that will inspire scientists and nature lovers alike.

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The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History

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Basic Books #ad - Perseus-Basic Books. Abrams. From our morning toast to the cotton in our clothes, economies, they are quite literally the stuff and staff of life: supporting diets, and civilizations around the globe. This is a book of knowledge, adventure, and wonder, spun by an award-winning writer with both the charm of a fireside story-teller and the hard-won expertise of a field biologist.

Thanks to this stunning new book, they can be overlooked no more. Yet, despite their importance, seeds are often seen as commonplace, their extraordinary natural and human histories overlooked. Timber Press OR. A fascinating scientific adventure, it is essential reading for anyone who loves to see a plant grow.

The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History #ad - As seen on pbs's american spring live, the award-winning author of buzz and feathers presents a natural and human history of seeds, the marvels of the plant kingdom"The genius of Hanson's fascinating, inspiring, and entertaining book stems from the fact that it is not about how all kinds of things grow from seeds; it is about the seeds themselves.

Mark kurlansky, new york Times Book ReviewWe live in a world of seeds. Seeds are fundamental objects of beauty, evolutionary wonders, and simple fascinations. Just as the search for nutmeg and pepper drove the Age of Discovery, coffee beans fueled the Enlightenment and cottonseed sparked the Industrial Revolution.

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Seeing Flowers: Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers Seeing Series

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Timber Press #ad - Using a unique process that far surpasses conventional macro photography, Robert Llewellyn shows us details that few of us have ever seen: the amazing architecture of stamens and pistils; the subtle shadings on a petal; the secret recesses of nectar tubes. Used book in Good Condition. At the same time she gives us a deeper appreciation of why and how flowers have become so deeply embedded in human culture.

Timber Press OR. Abrams. Whether you’re a nature lover, or someone who simply responds to the timeless beauty and variety of the floral world, a photography buff, a gardener, Seeing Flowers will be a source of enduring delight. We’ve all seen red roses, blue irises, and yellow daffodils. Complementing llewellyn’s stunning photographs are Teri Dunn Chace’s lyrical, illuminating essays.

Seeing Flowers: Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers Seeing Series #ad - By highlighting the features that distinguish twenty-eight of the most common families of flowering plants, Chace gives us fascinating insights into the natural history of flowers, such as the relationship between pollinators and floral form and color. But when we really look closely at a flower, whole new worlds of beauty and intricacy emerge.

Perseus-Basic Books.

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Trees Up Close: The Beauty of Their Bark, Leaves, Flowers, and Seeds Seeing Series

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Timber Press #ad - Trees Up Close: The Beauty of Their Bark, Leaves, Flowers, and Seeds Seeing Series #ad - Trees up close offers an intimate, revealing look at the beauty of leaves, flowers, buds, seeds, fruits, bark, cones, and twigs of the most common trees. Abrams. Used book in Good Condition. Perseus-Basic Books. With more than 200 dazzling photos, enchanted by the immature fruits of a red maple, you will be amazed by the otherwordly beauty of the acorns from a sawtooth oak, and dazzled by the delicate emerging flowers of the American elm.

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Art Forms from the Ocean: The Radiolarian Prints of Ernst Haeckel

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Prestel #ad - Used book in Good Condition. This volume features commentary and descriptions of each of the radiolarians from Haeckel's work. Abrams. Perseus-Basic Books. Art forms from the Ocean The Radiolarian Prints of Ernst Haeckel. At the nexus of art and science, this dazzling new edition of Ernst Haeckel's first work reintroduces the genius of an enigmatic scientist and passionate observer of the natural world.

Art Forms from the Ocean: The Radiolarian Prints of Ernst Haeckel #ad - Timber Press OR. While the variety and detail of haeckel's drawings display an impressive understanding of biological structure, the skill with which Haeckel drew these tiny, aquatic protozoa renders them genuine works of art. Although original editions of this book are extremely rare, it is now available for the first time in a paperback edition, beautifully reproducing his drawings and watercolours.

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Fruit: Edible, Inedible, Incredible

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Papadakis #ad - Fruit. Larger fruits, flowers and seeds have been especially photographed Timber Press OR. It is therefore quite legitimate to ask what fruits are, and why they exist. Following the award-winning seeds: time capsules of Life, Wolfgang Stuppy and Rob Kesseler explore the fascinating world of fruits through a unique presentation of extraordinary images from around the world accompanied by a lively explanatory text.

They are one of natures most wonderful gifts but providing us with a healthy source of food is not the reason that plants produce such delicious fruits. The black and white microscope images have been sumptuously coloured by Rob Kesseler highlighting the structure and functioning of the minuscule fruit and seeds some almost invisible to the naked eye and in so doing creating a work of art.

Perseus-Basic Books. Whether these involve wind, humans, they are reflected in the many colours, animals or the plants own explosive triggers, shapes and sizes of the fruits that protect the seeds and in the extraordinary way that some fruits have adapted to the animals that disperse their seeds, water, and the animals to the fruits they relish.

Fruit: Edible, Inedible, Incredible #ad - . The word itself conjures up mouthwatering memories of crunchy apples, succulent melons and juicy pineapples, sweet bananas, luscious strawberries, to which we can add the splendid tropical fruits on our supermarket shelves. Used book in Good Condition. Abrams. As will be revealed, the true nature of fruits is concealed in what is buried in their core: their seeds.

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