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In a handsome paperback volume with flaps, Pakenham embarks on a five-year odyssey to most of the temperate and tropical regions of the world to photograph 60 trees of remarkable personality and presence.
Many of these trees were already famous – champions by girth, height, volume or age – while others had never previously been caught by the camera. Pakenham's five-year odyssey, sweating it out with a 30 pound Linhof camera and tripod, took him to most of the temperate and many of the tropical regions of the world. Although North American trees dominate Remarkable Trees of the World, Pakenham also trekked to remote regions in Mexico, all over Europe, parts of Asia including Japan, northern and southern Africa, Madagascar, Australia and New Zealand.
Remarkable Trees of the World is a lavish work that will be treasured for generations by all those who marvel at nature.
Section One: Giants
Section Two: Dwarfs
Section Three: Methusalehs
Section Four: Monuments
Section Five: Aliens
Thomas Pakenham is the author and photographer of the bestselling Meetings with Remarkable Trees, and author of the critically acclaimed Scramble for Africa, which won the W.H.Smith award and the Alan Paton Award.
"Spectacular [...] the specimens photographed here are surpassingly bizarre and varied [...] [An] astonishing collection."
– Janet Maslin
"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 30 lb 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