I know only too well how easy it is for life to kind of just sweep you along and how hard it can be to find the time to literally just stop and smell the roses. DK has a wonderful selection of books in their Earthly Pleasures Boutique that will give you the chance to do just that. Stop. Smell the Roses. Enjoy this planet we call home and all the beauty around us.
You will also find gardening books, children’s books and more! For a limited time you can get the titles found in the boutique for 30% off.
I was able to check out a selection of truly stunning books from the boutique; Butterfly, Rainforest and Reef.
Featuring more than 500 photographs taken on location around the globe of living insects in their natural habitats with personal stories from the photographer, Butterfly captures 16 year’s worth of travel over five continents for an up-close view of the astonishing variety and behaviour of the world’s butterflies and moths.
Butterfly is an extraordinary visual collection of photos of one of nature’s most elusive and difficult-to-photograph creatures. Breathtakingly detailed images by the acclaimed photographer behind DK’s bestselling Rainforest depict butterflies in a variety of habitats, from northern woodlands to tropical rainforests. Along the way Thomas Marent provides a host of fascinating information about species and life cycles.
This book consists of some of the most stunning photos I have ever seen. I love that the book doesn’t limit itself to the adult butterfly though, and gives us stunning gorgeous photographs of the caterpillar phase as well as egg. I could literally spend hours flipping through this book over and over taking in the photographs.
The book itself is categorized rather smartly. Instead of of by species it is grouped by development, lifecycle, and survival methods. The adjoining text itself is quite interesting to read, but I can bet you will want this book just for the photo’s alone.
Although they cover only one percent of the Earth’s surface, reefs are home to more than 25 percent of all marine fish species. They are the largest living structures on the planet, created over millennia by countless tiny organisms. Reef is your opportunity to discover some of the most incredible wildlife habitats on the planet.
Coral reefs are often called “the rainforests of the sea” because of the quantity and diversity of life they support, and because they are highly sensitive and threatened ecosystems. Building on the success of DK’s Rainforest, this unique pictorial celebration of the world’s reefs progresses through an ecological chain that goes from algae, sponges, and mollusks to the thousands of fishes that make their homes there. This vivid collection of photographs, from underwater photography collective Scubazoo, reveals reefs as they’ve never been seen before.
This is another book filled with beautiful page-to-page vibrant photographs. I’ve never scuba dived before but I feel like this book allows me to see the view I’ve been missing out on! The most stand-out photo for me is the one of the Pygmy Sea Horse. The Sea Horse itself is about the size of a thumbnail but the clarity and detail of the macro photo is awe inspiring. It is the kind of photo I could literally stare at for hours, and what I love about this book is that it is filled with such photos.
Follow the story and live the experience of one man’s photographic journey through the rainforests of the world. 16+ years in the making, packed with spectacular photographs from Thomas Marent, a self-taught photographer who has dedicated half his life to capturing images of rainforest life, and including captions that present the stories behind the photographs, Rainforest is an extraordinary photographic biography of our planet’s most beautiful yet fragile environment.
Last but not least is Rainforest, which I think is my most favourite of the three. It too is just filled, cover to cover with beautiful photography. From panoramic views to close ups of birds and mammals and even some shots of amazing plants and insects. If nothing else, this book highlights the importance of the worlds rainforests and why they need to be saved. The biodiversity is truly astounding.
I would recommend all three books to nature lovers and photography buffs. Just a word of warning though: you will spend hours flipping through them!
One Canadian Frugal Mom Eh reader will win their own copy of Rainforest by Thomas Marent. Giveaway ends on May 4th at 11:59 pm EST. See Giveaway Tools form for entry and T&C.
Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product in order to facilitate this review. All thoughts are honest and my own.
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!
Saturday 3rd of May 2014
Oh there are so many good ones in this collection. I'm having a hard time choosing a favourite between Canadian Encyclopedia of Gardening and Small Plot, Big Harvest. They both look like great books. I also would love Birds of Western Canada.
Saturday 3rd of May 2014
I like the Smithsonian Animal Encyclopedia. My niece would love the pictures in this!
Saturday 3rd of May 2014
I am most interested in reading the practical naturalist
Friday 2nd of May 2014
I am really interested in the Smithsonian Universe DK book.
Thursday 1st of May 2014
the practical naturalist