Natural History in A Well-Illustrated Nutshell: Four Selections With Visuals Depicting the Epic Nature of Our Vibrant Past

Sometimes words in natural history books are not enough to give us the appropriate amount of information necessary to explore the past of our planet. Visual aids can assist in clarifying to the reader what exactly occurred and how things would have appeared to the casual observers. Especially useful for children, encyclopaedias and catalogues that feature this form of information distribution can be advantageous to the newcomer and help them understand the dynamics of nature. We’ve put together a list of four illustrative books that capture this essence and will help you better explain our natural history to others.

Dinosaur Art: The World’s Greatest Paleoart

This compilation was edited by Steve White and features nearly 200 pages of intense graphics showing how animals from the Jurassic and Cretaceous Eras interacted with one another on a daily basis. Also shown in the book are the effects that climate and geography had on these animals, which at one point led to them flourishing and at another, led to their downfall. Included with the illustrations are explanations of the scenery, assuring readers never get completely lost in the art.

Insect Photography

Very popular as a hobby due to the challenge of finding the perfect shot and the tranquillity of immersing yourself within nature, John Bebbington has turned his hobby into a brilliantly illustrating masterpiece that features a plethora of insects up close and personal. This book also takes into consideration that many interested parties also share John’s love of photography, and provides instructions on how to replicate the images featured in the book.

The Bird Photography Field Guide

With millions of birdwatchers throughout the world, The Bird Photography Field Guide is an excellent addition to anyone’s collection of natural history books. Included in the book are stunning photos, along with detailed instructions on how to turn your next outdoor bird watching expedition into a fun-filled photography session. Not only is this a great book for exploring our avian wildlife, but it also makes a decent guide to using cameras and other photography-related items in the field.

The Art of Tracking Animals

This books takes the natural curiosity of mankind to the next level and shows you how to identify and track footprints of other mammals. With clear photographs showing the animals and their corresponding tracks, you can easily determine what you are looking at in real life. From there, the advice given shows you how to proceed following these animals without disturbing them or their natural surroundings. This makes a great read for anyone who is enthusiastic about the wilderness or survival. 

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19 July 2012 | Media Arts Entertainment