The pandemic is forcing people to stay and at home. It’s also allowing nature to heal.
These couple of months, many of us are stuck at home, canceled travel and vacation plans, and for the most part, forced to adapt to a new routine of basically waking, eating, and sleeping. However, the empty factories, roads, and other closed establishments are allowing Mother Nature to recuperate. With lesser oil consumption and the need for plastic and other non-recyclable products, the earth can also breathe easier. That said, this coronavirus can also be an opportunity for us to take time to appreciate nature’s wonder, which we often take for granted because of our busy, perfunctory lives. Here are 5 nature photography books to grab this month.
Rainforest by Lewis Blackwell
The tropical rainforests are home to the world’s most magnificent landscapes. These majestic places on Earth are home to pristine ecosystems, amazing animals, and remarkable plant life. Published in 2014, Rainforest combines stunning photographs by some of the world’s most popular nature photographers. One of them is London-based photographer Tim Flach. Flach is known for his conceptual images of animals, himself a published animal photographer. Lewis Blackwell’s rainforest takes readers to an amazing journey of both aerial and macro perspectives, as well as various times of day in the magnificent kingdoms of tropical rainforests.
Earth and Space by Nirmala Nataraj
Space photography books are always exciting to read. Not too many books showing photographs of the Earth and outer space are accessible. Thanks to Nirmala Nataraj and Bill Nye (yes, Bill Nye the Science Guy from the Walt Disney science television program), we can take a tour of the universe via their breathtaking collection of photos straight from the archives of NASA. Some of the images featured in the book include astonishing images of Earth from above, amazing pictures of our solar system, and the celestial bodies of deep space, solar flares, the Jellyfish Nebula, and Pandora’s Cluster. Earth and Space offer readers offer up-close views of the cosmos and the stellar beauty of Earth and space.
Mountains: Beyond the Clouds by Tim Hall
Whenever I think of mountains beyond clouds, I think of the Alps. Tim Hall’s 2016 photography book showcases one of nature’s greatest masterpieces- the Alpine mountain range in all its breathtaking beauty. Be mesmerized by the clear air, green pastures, mountain lakes, and glaciers as captured by seasoned the photographer. Shot mostly in dramatic weather, Mountains: Beyond the clouds provides images of both splendor and serenity. Most of his works are inspired by British artists Rothko and Turner. Among the images featured in the books are the famous landmarks which include Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, and the Dolomites, which is visited each year by thousands of tourists and skiing enthusiasts.
Family Trip to Madagascar And Beyond by Nicki Geigert
Nicki Geigert’s Family Trip to Madagascar is a photography book published in 2019. It is the latest of her photo tours and displays an album of 50 amazing photos of one of Africa’s more peaceful landscapes- the Madagascar wildlife. Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital provides a glimpse of the country’s rich culture and tradition. Among the sights featured in Geigert’s book are the Baobab trees, rugged but picturesque Tsingy, Madagascar’s flora and fauna, rivers, and waterfalls. Family Trip to Madagascar and Beyond is a simple photography book, it is also a story of a family having a grand adventure in Madagascar. Nicki Geigert’s photo tours to Madagascar are a collection of familiar photos but from another vantage point, Geigert weaves a new story of an ancient landscape.
Man and Sea: Planet Ocean by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Brian Skerry
Man and Sea take readers to a grand view of Australia’s barrier reefs. It is an amazing journey filled with spectacular images and awesome underwater photography by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Brian Skerry. Aside from the Technicolor images of the ocean world, the books also feature inspiring interviews of some of the most respected researchers, environmental activists on some of the key issues our oceans are currently facing such as overfishing and sea pollution. The book educates readers on the sea’s critical mechanisms, from currents to food chains. Man and Sea is more than a photography book, it is a guide to protecting our oceans.