Underwater Photography

By Tobias Friedrich

Underwater images is an engaging pursuit when you aspire to trap the paranormal global came upon inside of our oceans and convey it to the skin. during this e-book, award-winning photographer Tobias Friedrich teaches us how one can create lovely underwater photos, overlaying every little thing from the apparatus wanted, to making strong compositions, to processing the ultimate picture. He makes use of case stories to teach how his personal photographs have been created, and gives precise motives for particular innovations that may be utilized for your very subsequent dive.

The textual content is supported by means of photographs from one of the most appealing diving components on the earth. additionally incorporated are numerous guidance and tips for the newbie and intermediate photographer.

Topics include:

  • Choosing the suitable equipment
  • Composing your images
  • Wide-angle photography
  • Macro photography
  • Image editing
  • Case studies
  • Diagrams of capturing positions

An extra bonus is the 22-page visitor Gallery that includes photographs by means of a few of latest so much well-known names in underwater images, together with Ernie Brooks, Alex Mustard, Richard Salas, Imran Ahmad, and Eric Cheng.

The abundance of breathtaking underwater photos contained during this e-book is bound to motivate you to devise your subsequent dive.

Foreword through Ernie Brooks.

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Nests, Eggs, and Nestlings of North American Birds: Second Edition (Princeton Field Guides)

By Paul J. Baicich

Nests, Eggs, and Nestlings of North American Birds, moment Edition presents a radical, species-by-species consultant to the breeding biology of the birds of North the United States. a few 670 breeding species are defined in complete, protecting the birds of an enormous sector, from the Arctic to the southern boundary of the continental usa. the most textual content provides whole easy details at the breeding cycle of every species, summarized in a normal series: nest habitat, nest-site, nest development, breeding season, eggs, incubation and nesting and nestling interval. greater than seven hundred colour and line illustrations supply worthwhile info at the identity of the nests, eggs, and nestlings of 597 species. The booklet covers probably the main attention-grabbing points of North American chicken lifestyles, their copy and the care in their younger, crucial components within the survival of any species. The booklet summarizes all that's identified of this important a part of a bird's existence cycle, and via omission, issues to what's but unknown and will but be chanced on by means of the medical ornithologist and birder alike. in case your fascination within the nests, eggs, and nestlings of North American birds facilities on determining them within the box, you will discover this ebook crucial. If conservation can also be a priority, you are going to savour the worth of knowing the breeding specifications and biology of even the most typical of species. This e-book will turn out beneficial no matter what your curiosity in North American birds.

Key Features:

  • Describes nests, eggs, and nestlings and offers easy organic details on nesting and breeding biology
  • Includes updated assurance of all breeding species present in North the USA, together with Alaska and Canada in a single accomplished quantity
  • Contains greater than seven-hundred colour and line illustrations of nests, eggs, and nestlings

Species checklist via Family:

Loons: Gaviidae. Grebes: Podicipedidae. Shearwaters: Procellariidae. Storm-Petrels: Hydrobatidae. Boobies and Gannets: Sulidae. Pelicans: Pelecanidae. Cormorants: Phalacrocoracidae. Darters: Anhingidae. Frigatebirds: Fregatidae. Bitterns and Herons: Ardeidae. Ibises and Spoonbills: Threskiomithidae. Storks: Ciconiidae. Swans, ducks, and geese: Anatidae. American Vultures: Catharidae. Kites, Hawks, Eagles and Allies: Accipitridae. Caracaras and Falcons: Falconidae. Guans: Cracidae. Partridges, Grouse, Turkey, and Quail: Phasianidae. Rails, Gallinules, and Coots: Rallidae. Limpkins: Aramidae. Cranes: Gruidae. Plovers: Charadriidae. Oystercatchers: Haematopodidae. Stilts and Avocets: Recurvirostridae. Jacanas: Jacanidae. Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies: Scolopacidae. Jaegers, Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers: Laridae. Auks, Murres, and Puffins: Alcidae. Pigeons and Doves: Columbidae. Parakeets and Parrots: Psittacidae. Cuckoos, Roadrunner, and Anis: Cuculidae. Barn Owls: Tytonidae. average Owls: Strigidae. Goatsuckers: Caprimulgidae. Swifts: Apodidae. Hummingbirds: Trochilidae. Trogons: Trogonidae. Kingfishers: Alcedinidae. Woodpeckers: Picidae. Tyrant Flycatchers: Tyrannidae. Larks: Alaudidae. Swallows: Hirundinidae. Jays, Magpies, and Crows: Corvidae. Titmica: Paridae. Verdin: Remizidae. Bushtits: Aegithalidae. Nutcatchers: Sittidae. Creepers: Certhiidae. Bulbuls: Pycnonotidae. Wrens: Troglodytidae. Dippers: Cinclidae. outdated global Warblers, Gnatcatchers, outdated global Flycatchers, Thrushes and Wrentit: Uscicapidae. Mockingbirds and Thrashers: Mimidae. Wagtails and Pipits: Motacillidae. Waxwings Bombycillidae. Silky-Flycatchers: Ptilogonatidae. Shrikes: Laniidae. Starlings: Stumidae. Vireos: Vireonidae. Wood-Warblers, Tanagers, Cardinals, Grosbreaks, Sparrows, Buntins, Blackbirds, and Allies: Emberizidae. Fringinlline and Carueline Finches and Allies: Fringillidae. previous international Sparrows: Passeridae.

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Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916

By Michael Capuzzo

Combining wealthy old aspect and a harrowing, pulse-pounding narrative, Close to Shore brilliantly re-creates the summer season of 1916, whilst a rogue nice White shark attacked swimmers alongside the recent Jersey shore, triggering mass hysteria and launching the main large shark hunt in historical past.

During the summer time ahead of the us entered international struggle I, while ocean swimming used to be simply changing into renowned and lush Jersey Shore hotels have been thriving as an elegant playland for a luxurious but nonetheless blameless era's new rest classification, americans have been all at once brought to the phobia of sharks. In July 1916 a lone nice White left its ordinary deep-ocean habitat and headed towards the hot Jersey coastline. There, close to the cities of seashore Haven and Spring Lake-and, enormously, a farming group eleven miles inland-the such a lot ferocious and unpredictable of predators all started a perilous rampage: the 1st shark assaults on swimmers in U.S. background.

For american citizens celebrating an astoundingly filthy rich epoch very similar to our personal, fueled through the wizardry of progressive innovations, the arriving of this violent predator symbolized the bounds of mankind's energy opposed to nature.

Interweaving a shiny portrait of the period and meticulously drawn characters with chilling debts of the shark's 5 assaults and the frenzied hunt that ensued, Michael Capuzzo has created a nonfiction historic mystery with the feel of Ragtime and the stress of Jaws. From the unnerving inevitability of the 1st assault at the esteemed son of a wealthy Philadelphia doctor to the spine-tingling second whilst a farm boy swimming in Matawan Creek feels the sandpaper-like epidermis of the passing shark, Close to Shore is an undeniably gripping saga.

Heightening the drama are tales of the ensuing panic within the citizenry, press and politicians, and of colourful personalities akin to Herman Oelrichs, a flamboyant millionaire who made a big gamble shark used to be no fit for a guy (and got down to end up it); Museum of average historical past ichthyologist John Treadwell Nichols, confronted with the problem of forestalling a mythic sea creature approximately which little was once identified; and, so much memorable, the rogue nice White itself relocating via a global that could not conceive of both its damaging strength or its ethical correct to destroy.

Scrupulously researched and fantastically written, Close to Shore brings to lifestyles a wide ranging, pivotal second in American heritage. Masterfully written and suffused with interesting interval element and insights into the technological know-how and behaviour of sharks, as regards to Shore recounts a wide ranging, pivotal second in American historical past with startling immediacy.

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Cow (Animal)

By Hannah Velten

From the milk we drink within the morning, to the leather-based footwear we slip on for the day, to the steak we savour at dinner, our day-by-day lives are completely certain up with cows. but there's a way more advanced tale at the back of this likely benign creature, which Hannah Velten explores the following, plumbing the wealthy trove of fable, truth, and legend surrounding those familar animals.

From the plowing box to the rodeo to the temple, Velten tracks the always altering social dating among guy and livestock, starting with the domestication of aurochs round 9000 BCE. From there, Cow launches right into a attention-grabbing tale of spiritual fanaticism, clinical exploits, and the commercial adjustments engendered through the exchange of the varied items derived from the animal. She explores in enticing element how regardless of cattle's prominence at ends of a large spectrum: Hinduism venerates the cow as probably the most sacred participants of the animal country, whereas red meat is a prized staple of the yankee vitamin. notion frightening and informative, Cow restores this oft-overlooked animal to the the Aristocracy it richly merits.

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Dodging Extinction: Power, Food, Money, and the Future of Life on Earth

Paleobiologist Anthony D. Barnosky weaves jointly proof from the deep previous and the current to alert us to the looming 6th Mass Extinction and to provide a pragmatic, hopeful plan for keeping off it. Writing from front strains of extinction learn, Barnosky tells the overarching tale of geologic and evolutionary heritage and the way it informs the way in which people inhabit, make the most, and impression Earth this day. He provides compelling proof that except we reconsider how we generate the ability we use to run our worldwide surroundings, the place we get our foodstuff, and the way we make our funds, we are going to set off what could be the 6th nice extinction in the world, with dire consequences.

positive that we will swap this ominous forecast if we act now, Barnosky presents simple concepts to lead the planet clear of international disaster. normally the mandatory expertise and information exist already and are being utilized to an important matters round human-caused weather switch, feeding the world’s transforming into inhabitants, and exploiting traditional assets. Deeply trained but accessibly written, Dodging Extinction is little short of a guidebook for saving the planet.

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Smithsonian Nature Guide Rocks and Minerals

By DK Publishing

The recent DK Nature Guides shape a finished, obtainable, and informative sequence of illustrated reference books that take on key typical heritage matters in DK's uniquely visible type. Produced in collaboration with specialist specialists on the Smithsonian establishment, each one advisor is expertly written and should offer you wisdom of the wildlife at your fingertips.

From blue schist to blue granite, malachite to meteorites, and taconite to travertine, Nature advisor Rocks and Minerals is packed filled with attractive pictures that display complex information and exact features of every rock and mineral.

Using close-up photos of each specimen and profiles containing examples from world wide, Nature advisor Rocks and Minerals brings revealing key aspects and info ideal for speedy id.

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The Mammals of Texas

From experiences of past editions:

"This is the common reference approximately Texas mammals." —Wildlife Activist

"A needs to for an individual heavily drawn to the flora and fauna of Texas." —Texas outdoors Writers organization News

"[This e-book] simply fills the function of either a box consultant and a table reference, and is written in a method that appeals to the pro biologist and beginner naturalist alike. . . . [It] should still turn out priceless to an individual with an curiosity within the mammal fauna of Texas or the southern nice Plains." —Prairie Naturalist

The Mammals of Texas has been the normal reference because the first version was once coauthored by way of William B. Davis and Walter P. Taylor in 1947. Revised numerous instances over the succeeding many years, it is still the main authoritative resource of data at the mammalian natural world of Texas, with actual descriptions and lifestyles histories for 202 species, plentiful images and drawings, and distribution maps.

In this re-creation, David J. Schmidly is joined via the most lively researchers on Texas mammals, Robert D. Bradley, to supply an intensive replace of the taxonomy, distribution, and average heritage of all species of untamed mammals that inhabit Texas this day. utilizing the newest advances in molecular biology and in natural world ecology and administration, the authors comprise the most up-tp-date information regarding the medical nomenclature, taxonomy, and identity of species, whereas additionally overlaying major advances in typical background and conservation.

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'Trees are flora and fauna simply as deer or primroses are natural world. every one species has its personal schedule and its personal interactions with human actions ...' Written by means of considered one of Britain's best-known naturalists, Woodlands deals a desirable new perception into the timber of the British panorama that experience crammed us with awe and notion in the course of the centuries. taking a look at such diversified proof because the woods utilized in structures and ships, and the way forest has been portrayed in images and images, Rackham lines British wooded area in the course of the a while, from the evolution of wildwood, via man's impression at the panorama, smooth forestry and its legacy, and up to date conservation efforts and their results. In his vigorous and carefully enticing kind, Rackham explores woodlands and their historical past, via names, surveys, mapping and criminal records, archaeology, images and artistic endeavors, therefore providing an completely compelling perception into British woodlands and the way they've got come to form a countrywide obsession.

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A Forest Journey: The Story of Wood and Civilization

By John Perlin

A modern view of the consequences of wooden, as used for development and gasoline, and of deforestation at the improvement of civilization.

until eventually the ascendancy of fossil fuels, wooden has been the crucial gasoline and construction fabric from the sunrise of civilization. Its abundance or shortage tremendously formed, as A woodland Journey ably relates, the tradition, demographics, economic climate, inner and exterior politics, and expertise of successive societies over the millennia.

The book's complete insurance of the key function forests have performed in human life--told with grace, fluency, mind's eye, and humor―gained it popularity as a Harvard vintage in technological know-how and international historical past and as one in all Harvard's "One-Hundred nice Books." Others receiving the respect contain such luminaries as Stephen Jay Gould and E. O. Wilson. This new paperback variation will upload a prologue and an epilogue to mirror the present scenario within which forests became principal for humanity's survival. 50 black-and-white photographs and illustrations, bibliography, index

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Build a Bluebird Trail: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-213 (Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin, a-213)

By Dale Evva Gelfand

Conservationists throughout North the United States are operating to aid safeguard and help bluebirds, and you'll do your half through making a bluebird path. this is often easily a chain of nesting bins (anywhere from a number of to some thousand) set approximately three hundred toes aside alongside a prescribed direction. Dale Gelfand tells you what you want to find out about bluebirds and their behavior, and he or she indicates you the way to create and video display an efficient bluebird path with well-designed nesting boxes.

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