From the Mojave Desert in the USA to the Italian Dolomites, and from South Africa's Cape National Park to the Stirling Ranges of Australia, this book showcases the most spectacular displays of wild blooms on the planet. Each site account begins with a locator map and info panel detailing timing, key species, etc. This is followed by an informative and readable account by the expert author (who has personally visited nearly all of the sites covered) accompanied by a handful of stunning images of each location showing the displays of flowers. In addition information on the conservation status of the locations is covered in the book.
Many people travel widely in search of spectacular displays of flowers, but are guided only by word-of-mouth information, or by what organised tours are available. This book sets out to rectify this gap. However, it aims to be much more: the most 'flowery' places in the world are exceptionally spectacular at their best, and the book will provide a visual feast for armchair naturalists as well as more active travellers.
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|Size:||260 x 220||ISBN:||9781847738264|
|Images:||200 colour images||Format:||hardback|
The Écrins National park, France
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This review was posted: 29/09/2011 10:52:22 by BBC Garden's Illustrated
"The result of Bob Gibbons' mission - to photograph floral hotspots across the globe - is as much a naturalist travel guide as a visual celebration. Hopping from Alpine meadows and Greek mountaintops to Chinese plateaux and Italian peninsulas, his guide to the world's most flowery locations makes a refreshing change from the usual gazetteers'."
This review was posted: 05/10/2011 13:35:43 by BBC Wildlife Magazine
"This is a fantastic book for anyone interested in wildflowers. Seeing wildflowers in their natural habitat is awesome. If you cannot get to the sites in person, this is a wonderful book to transport you there. The photography is terrific and the book is so colourful. Bob Gibbons takes us to fantastic wildflower places from Europe including Ireland and the United Kingdom, Africa, Asia, Australasia and North America. See the machair of the Outer Hebrides, flowery hay meadows below Mont Aiguille in France, the grasslands of southern Transylvania, the Namaqua desert, rare orchids, mountain scapes and more. Soak up the colour and see flowers as they are meant to be. These natural habitats have a knack of making you realise just how beautiful the natural world is and why we should treasure and preserve such beauty. The text is interesting and informative. Each site has an information panel which helps you to decide when to visit and reasons to go. This is a book I enjoyed very much and is of interest to those who love natural flora, the gardener and the traveller alike."
This review was posted: 30/09/2011 10:20:54 by Karen Platt