Sunday, January 3, 2010

Vanishing Act - Art Wolfe

Summary: One of the world's preeminent nature photographers shows the beauty and evolutionary brilliance of animals and insects with a tenacious will to stay alive in an eat-or-be-eaten world. (Summary and image from amazon.com)

My Review: My husband and I ran across this book a couple years back while wandering aimlessly through a busy mall amid Holiday shopping at a Pottery Barn. They were asking some unearthly amount for the book, so we opted to search for it online. We found it and purchased it straightaway.

The photographs in this book are amazing. You will see creatures never written about as well as animals you'd love to see in the wild yourself. You will search for what seems hours to find the animal hidden in the scenery. And some will be staring right back at you without your knowledge until you realize that in the real world you'd have been lunch. It's unnerving, beautiful, and until you finish the book, addicting. Each page has written in faint lettering what is hidden (whether you know what it is or not). At the back of the book is a description and photograph of the locations the pictures originate. We've loved having it for our coffee table and enjoy sharing with friends who then become addicted to finding the animals. It's definitely worth checking out.

Rating: 5 Stars

Sum it up: A grown-up version of Where's Waldo, but with wildlife. Very cool!

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