Visions of Earth: National Geographic Photographs of Beauty, Majesty, and Wonder Hardcover – Oct 18 2011
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"Top-notch photographers circle the globe in search of things beautiful and wondrous. The result is an uplifting, unifying 'vision' of our world."
"The catholic range of the photographs that still drive [National Geographic magazine’s] popularity is reflected in the new collection Visions of Earth."
--Wall Street Journal
"Incredible images include macro shots of strange American species, haunting landscapes featuring fisherman and swimming baitfish, and British ladies donning bold one-pieces."
“…extraordinary in the way [the images] entice and intrigue, inviting viewers to revel not only in the beauty of scenes, people, and objects, but also in playful, imaginative, and surprising points of view.” –Book News, Inc.
“It's a compendium of jaw-dropping images — landscapes, animals, interesting people, with the accent on the unusual — captured by the magazine's sterling staff of shooters.” Mysanantonio.com
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National Geographic cartographers create award-winning maps using state-of-the-art software for cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The results are clear, detailed maps that make map reading fun and informative. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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The photos range all over the world, from action photos to beautiful closeup shots of tiny little insects. Not all of the photographs are perfect, but there are enough amazing photos that make you wonder at how the photographer captured the image.
Absolutely beautiful and highly recommended!
The book is subtitled "Beauty, Majesty, Wonder," and that's an apt description. I was mesmerized looking at the incredible photography. The book is divided into fifteen themes, each having a brief text introduction, followed by the images for that theme. There's some marvelous imagery here, and I would hate to be a contest judge and have to choose only one winner from the lot.
There's something here for everyone, and I can't imagine anyone flipping through the pages of "Visions of Earth" without a lot of oohs and ahs.
One reviewer calls the book "clichéd". Well, if this book is cliché then it does an amazing job of covering the Cliché.
At around $25, it is a steal. It would also make a lovely gift for anyone interested in photography or nature.