The Living Forest

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The Living Forest

The Living Forest 
A Visual Journey Into the Heart of the Woods 

Just about everyone loves to walk in the woods. It’s both exhilarating and calming to be surrounded by greenery, and to hear singing birds and the buzz of insects. If you’re lucky, maybe you even catch a glimpse of a fox or an owl. 
 
But there’s a level of appreciation that goes beyond simply reveling in your immediate sensations. What is actually going on in this vast, leafy world? 
 
A lot, as it turns out. The forest is a place of dazzling complexity, in which living creatures and the environment are intertwined in webs of mutual dependence. Plants, for example, can sense different wavelengths of light and respond by producing the appropriate hormones for their growth and development.

The tiny larvae of salamanders can sense when night falls, and rise to the surface of their ponds to feed, safe from the jaws of predators. When the sun comes up, they sink down to the bottom to hide among dead leaves and detritus. 
 
The thing is, none of these fascinating facts is obvious. You need a guide to help you understand the forest’s intricate layers of life. Actually, you need two guides. And that’s exactly what you get in The Living Forest: A Visual Journey into the Heart of the Woods. Photographer Robert Llewellyn has filled the book with gorgeous images, ranging from panoramas of the forest canopy to minute details of leaves, flowers, and butterflies’ wings. (Ever seen a mouse’s ear up close? It’s pretty cute.) Biologist Joan Maloof, founder of the Old-Growth Forest Network, contributes lyrical, keenly observant text that opens our eyes and minds to the wonders we’re seeing. 
 
The Living Forest will provide you with hours of pleasure. But more importantly, it will transform your experience of the forest from merely pleasant to profoundly meaningful. It’s a journey supremely worth taking. 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017