The Splendor of Birds: Art and Photographs From National Geographic

National Geographic. Oct. 2018. 512p. illus. index. ISBN 9781426219672. $75. SCI
OrangeReviewStarFormer staff member and longtime contributor to National Geographic, Howell showcases birds in this striking volume that commemorates the Year of the Bird (2018), as recognized by the National Audubon Society and several other organizations, and to raise awareness of the numerous challenges facing birds today. The majority of pages present large, beautiful photographs and illustrations from the National Geographic archives spanning the last 130 years, by skilled artists and photographers. Some of the photographs were taken in remote locations under risky conditions. A variety of birds from across the globe are on display, including the Egyptian vulture, the Siberian crane, Peruvian pelicans, and Antarctic penguins. An interesting "Then & Now" feature juxtaposes an old image of a bird with a recent one. This impressive offering is as much a work of art as it is a book on ornithology.
VERDICT This celebration of the beauty of birds and their importance to humankind and the world is highly recommended for lovers of birds, nature, and art.

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