Natural History

Natural History


  • 'The Planetary Garden' and Other Writings

    By Gilles Clement

    Our Price: $34.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780812247121
    • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
    • Published: June 2015
  • 39.95: Louisiana's Undiscovered Wilderness

    By Julia Sims

    Our Price: $39.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781589805293
    • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company
    • Published: February 2008
    Manchac Swamp marks the book-length debut of a little-known but superbly talented nature photographer as she reveals an equally undiscovered exotic locale in south Louisiana. Veiled behind dense drapes of Spanish moss and walls of cypresses, and accessible only by water, Manchac Swamp is a wilderness jewel known mainly to those who for generations have dwelled in and around it, arduously earning their sustenance from its waters and wildlife. Drawn to the swamp's mystery and eventually captivated by its peace, photographer Julia Sims spent fifteen years determinedly, patiently penetrating its secrets. What she has hunted from boat and blind, and skillfully trapped on film, are the many moods, flora, and fauna of this hidden world. Now, in this stunning album of her photographs, a glimpse of that quintessential Louisiana place in its seasonal variations is offered to all.Sims's artistry is grounded in photographic technique as well as in her skill as a wildlife observer. Even in the uncontrolled setting of nature she creates images of masterly composition, and breathtaking uses of light and color are hallmarks of her work.In an evocative introduction to the book, John Kemp draws upon his interviews with several of the swamp's residents to describe how they make their living there, trapping and hunting every variety of animal--turtle, muskrat, nutria, lizard, snake, frog, alligator, rabbit, squirrel, duck, mink, otter, crawfish. But the locals, who have befriended Sims and lead her to choice spots for photographing, say that Manchac is not the same as it once was. Land subsidence and the influx of salt water are among several factors that are causing what some predict will be the swamp's inevitable death. As deteriorating environmental conditions reduce or eliminate wildlife, there is, in turn, a diminished harvest for trappers, hunters, and fishermen--and a diminished heritage for all of us.In some respects, Sims's Manchac Swamp is a heartbreakingly beautiful collection of photographs. It heralds a marvel of secluded wilderness even as it documents the area's accelerating decline. In her expert capture of the ephemeral, Sims has made timeless the people and place of Manchac Swamp.Julia Sims is one of the premier photographers of Louisiana's wildlife. Her work has appeared in virtually every nature magazine including National Geographic, National Wildlife, Nature Conservancy, Sierra, Birder's World, and Ducks Unlimited. She lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, about fifty miles north of New Orleans.John Randolph Kemp, a native New Orleanian, is the New Orleans correspondent for Art & Antiques and ARTnews magazines and a frequent contributor to American Artist magazine. In addition, he has written about art, history, and New Orleans for many other national and regional magazines and publications. His numerous books include Rolland Golden: The Journeys of a Southern Artist, Alan Flattmann's French Quarter Impressions, and Vanishing Paradise: Duck Hunting in the Louisiana Marsh, all published by Pelican. He covers the New Orleans art scene for WYES New Orleans public television. He is deputy director of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
  • A Beekeeper's Guide to the Queen Bee - A Collection of Articles on Rearing, Housing and Re-Queening the Hive

    By Various

    Our Price: $36.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781446542712
    • Publisher: Willard Press
    • Published: March 2011
  • A Bird-Finding Guide to Mexico

    By Steve N. G. Howell

    Our Price: $35.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780801485817
    • Publisher: Comstock Publishing Associates / Cornell University Press
    • Published: January 1999
  • A Birder's Guide to the Chicago Region

    By Lynne Carpenter

    Our Price: $32.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780875805825
    • Publisher: Northern Illinois Univ Pr
    • Published: January 2000
    Identifying more than 250 top sites for birding within a 65-mile radius from downtown Chicago, this useful guide provides maps, directions, and other information essential for discovering the birds of the area in their natural habitats. The most thorough guide of its kind, it covers nineteen counties of the greater Chicago area.A Birder's Guide to the Chicago Region includes detailed descriptions of local habitats and maps that show where to find birds in nearby Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan, as well as Illinois. While providing a wealth of practical information, the guide is enriched with insightful accounts of the natural history and ecology of particular areas.An essential guide for either beginning or experienced birders, this book will appeal to anyone who appreciates nature and wants to learn more about the natural history, ecology, and especially the birds of the Chicago area.
  • A Complete Guide to Arctic Wildlife

    By Richard Sale

    Our Price: $35.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781770851290
    • Publisher: Firefly Books
    • Published: August 2012
    Chiefly a field guide to Arctic birds and mammals.
  • A Dazzle of Dragonflies

    By Forrest Mitchell

    Our Price: $39.95
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781585444595
    • Published: April 2005
    From fossils & folklore to life cycles & the latest in digital imaging techniques, this book takes you into the far-reaching & sometimes secret world of one of our most beneficial insects. Your guides are two of the most experienced & ardent fans of the 'mosquito-hawk,' & your journey will include encounters with poets & prehistoric giants; peeks into hidden, watery universes; side trips to garden ponds & scientific laboratories; & investigations into the mystery of dragonfly migration.
  • A Different Nature: The Paradoxical World of Zoos and Their Uncertain Future

    By David Hancocks

    Our Price: $32.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780520236769
    • Publisher: University of California Press
    • Published: December 2002
    A former zoo director explores the checkered history of zoos--from ancient Egypt to the present--and advocates a new kind of institution that emphasizes worldwide conservation projects, landscape immersion, and educational programs.
  • A Familiar History of Birds of the World

    By Edward Stanley

    Our Price: $31.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781406799057
    • Publisher: Lightning Source Inc
    • Published: January 2006
  • A Framework for Financing Water Resources Management

    By Not Available

    Our Price: $33.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9789264179813
    • Publisher: Renouf Pub Co Ltd
    • Published: August 2012
  • A General System of Horsemanship

    By William Cavendish

    Our Price: $40.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781570761515
    • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Publishing
    • Published: April 2000
    Facsimile reproduction of the edition of 1743.
  • A Guide to Grafting the Grapevine

    By Various

    Our Price: $30.99
    • ISBN-13: 9781446534304
    • Publisher: Husband Press