Monday, January 30, 2012

BBC: Nature's Great Events

Nature's Great Events, a book made to accompany the BBC documentary by the same name is informative and beautiful. It is a fairly good accompaniment, as is covers a lot more information than the six part series alone. The focus of this book is on seasonal changes, and some of the more spectacular examples of it. This book is a great resource of references, mostly for animals, but also for some environments and color. This book is also not afraid to show a lion killing a zebra, nor the bloody ribs being pulled apart later. The honesty of this book is intense and wonderful. 

Broken into sections like, The Great Flood, The Great Feast, and The Great Migration, the book successfully bops around the globe, giving us a taste of everything.

There are also a few shots of the camera crews struggling. This book allows the crews themselves to write and talk about what the experiences were like, and the particular challenges faced in each location.

Catching this moment! 

A volcano erupts on the Serengeti

Musk Oxen, native to Alaska and Canada, have been successfully introduced to Norway and Sweden.

Pros: This hard back book is both a great companion piece, and a stand alone book. The photographs are spectacular, and, as I mentioned before, rather daring in regards to what is more commonly printed. If you are looking for a reference book, I would say this is a nice well rounded starter. If you are looking for something informative and full of fun trivia, this is the book for you

Cons: --

How To Buy: Search discount places. I found mine for $4 at a Barnes and Nobles. Or Amazon is selling it for $5, original list price is $40

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