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Seeds: Time Capsules of Life (Anglais) Relié – septembre 2009


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Beautiful, but with unfortunate editing and design issues 26 novembre 2013
Par Teri - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
There's no denying that this is a beautiful book--the seeds are strange and wonderful and the photography is peerless. It is also chock-full of information, which is why I acquired it. The level of detail (including careful explanations of exceptions and anomalies) is impressive.

I cannot give the book a rave review, however, because of the editing and the layout. I strongly suspect that an editor waded into this mass of information and injected a subhead every few paragraphs--the content/tone of these subheads is usually somewhat helpful (e.g. "Homage to the gymnosperms--at least they look good on paper" and "Creeps and jerks") but at odds with the precise scientific information that follows. Consequently the book is jarring to read (and I would venture to guess that the author of the body text was not always pleased).

The book is also jarring to read because of the design. The type is VERY small (maybe 5 or 6 points?); even with reading glasses, I find myself peering at the words. They are made even harder to read by the design. On one page the tiny words are in white or orange type (!) on a black page, then as you continue and turn the page, there is an abrupt shift to black type on a white page, or a purple page. Distracting at best. Oy vey.

Overall a marvelous achievement, but not very well-served by the production. WITH THE EXCEPTION of the photo quality: the photos are truly sharp and glorious.
9 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
SEEDS: lets me share with others my passion with seeds. 11 mars 2012
Par Lincoln County MT - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I am biased as all get out. Even though electron microscope work tends towards more art than the nitty gritty ID plates we scientists are so often seeking this book as well as the Pollen companion helps show my friends & family why I'm so passionate about seeds. Especially the microscopic sized itsy ones. It's a lovely book to lay out on your coffee table or on your guest room night stand. It sooths your senses now and again when you need a break away from the grind of actual seed work. Awe these bizzare colors and beautiful images magnified hundreds if not thousands of times yet crisp and focused. Such a delight and treat now and again...sitting outside on a calm day relaxing with a glass of ice tea. I'm so glad I have this book and the Pollen one too. I find the price listed here today a bit over the top. And no I don't want to re-sell my copy back to Amazon or at all for that matter. I got my copy for under 30.00 just two years ago and though a used copy it was like brand new. Not a book to use to ID but one to inspire.....relax and enjoy and yes even relish when you are a seed person.
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The Amazing World of Plant Seeds 22 octobre 2012
Par connywithay - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Title: Seeds - Time Capsules of Life
Author: Rob Kesseler and Wolfgang Stuppy
Publisher: Earth Aware Editions
ISBN: 978-1-6087-111-7

In the Bible it states in Ecclesiastes 3:11 that "He hath made every thing beautiful in His time." When one looks at Rob Kesseler and Wolfgang Stuppy's book, Seeds - Time Capsules of Life, one easily sees God's hands in creating beautiful masterpieces even in a tiny plant seed.

With two hundred and sixty-four glossy pages, this ten by ten inch hardbound book has a close up photograph of a funky purple seed that looks more like an African dance costume on the front jacket. The back jacket depicts a bright yellow pointed seed with four reviews. Inside there is a preface by Prince Charles, HRH the Prince of Wales, explaining his love of nature's seeds and the Kew's Millennium Seed Bank Project. There is also a foreword by Professor Sir Peter Crane FRS about the conservation and protection of seeds.

The book is broken down into several chapters that include seed evolution, gymnosperms, flowers, angiosperms, dispersal by wind, water, self and animals, the Millennium Seed Bank, and the duplicated seeds in our visual man-made world. It describes the sex of plants, germination, embryos, their different growth patterns and how they repopulate the earth seasonally and throughout many generations. With over twenty-four thousand species of seeds, the book skims the surface of this forgotten but ever-present and necessary for our own existence topic.

The photographs are more than merely stunning; they are fascinating beyond words. Bright purples, cadmium yellows, or cobalt blues cover page after page, different textures from puzzle pieces to granular, soft or tubal designs and microscopic to actual flower or fruit photographs grace the glossy sheets. Artistically arranged, one gets lost in the details of a bright lime green starwort against a black background with matching green writing or a hot pink wild leek at close range. Most of us have never contemplated the attributes, beauty, details or designs of a kernel, whether at its peak in life or past its prime to see and observe it carefully, intimately.

Even though some of the wording is small and visually contrasting to the black or bright background that makes it hard to read, the attractive colors entice the reader to want to walk outside immediately and view the seed-bearing flora close up and personal, captivating each minute detail missed so often. One easily sees that even in our microscopic world, there has to be a Superior Being Who was amazingly original, artistic and imaginative to create such wonders and beauty in something as simple as a seed.
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Beautiful, small book 13 janvier 2013
Par AJK - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Seeds is a very nicely done book, for the price. The photography is excellent, and the printing does it justice. The colors are vibrant and rich, especially against the black backgrounds. The paper is a medium-weight semi-gloss.

The book is surprisingly small though. At 9" x 8", there just isn't a lot of it to hold onto, and each photograph is relatively small. It would have been nice to see the beautiful seeds blown up to at least 12" x 10".

However, at under $25, this is very nice little book on a unique subject matter that anyone who enjoys gardening or plants in general will definitely enjoy.
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Seeds: art meets science to inspire. 15 avril 2010
Par Joseph B. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Wow!

This book's number one feature is the fantastic photography; seeds as you have never imagined them. It was my privilege to spend nearly two months at Kew Gardens and the Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place, studying plant conservation techniques; with an interest in seed biology. This book keenly illustrates the fantastic and varied sizes and shapes of seeds from the largest - Coco de Mer from the Seychelles, to the smallest, though not least, orchids.

If botany makes you queasy, do not fear, the text is easy to read. There are many examples of seeds, plants, and the stories the seed form may reveal. To a plant, its seeds represent survival, and plants have some amazing ways to disperse their progeny. These amazing and diverse photos illustrate the many adaptations plants use to ensure survival. Seeds are little dormant plants in suspended animation waiting a season, a decade, or a millennium.

If you know someone that has an interest in plants this may be a book to inspire. For the authors of the book: Wolfgang Stuppy and Ron Kesseler: they memorialize their inspiration from Heribert Huber and George Busby, respectively. Maybe you can help someone on his or her path.

I highly recommend this book,
Cheers, JAB
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