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Beyond Beauty: Hunting the Wild Blue Poppy

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Beyond Beauty is the story of a remarkable journey that Bill Terry and his wife, Rosemary, undertook when they joined a party of Dutch and British alpine plant hunters intent on botanizing on the roof of the world. The expedition travelled in a convoy of eight jeeps over roads that were rarely paved and occasionally terrifying. They crossed fifteen passes, some as high as ...more
Published November 19th 2012 by Touchwood Editions (first published September 4th 2012)
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Dec 08, 2015 VerJean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another "Who Knew??" book -- Who Knew there were tours to China/Tibet for "alpine plant hunters intent on botanizing on the roof of the world". Another fascinating view into a part of life that my participation will be only via armchair. SCARY drives over questionable roads thru high mountain passes, etc. Interesting insight into China & Tibet relationships. Lovely floral photos, facts & tidbits inspiring more reading on the subject (if I ever have time!).
Bill Terry is obsessed with Asiatic poppies, in particular, the wild blue poppy found in Tibet. So, he and his wife join a tour into this wild land to botanize and, if he is lucky, find this poppy.

The travel narrative is fascinating, and worth the read especially if you also enjoy botany. What really makes the book, however, is the accompanying photos. I would not have enjoyed this book as much had I read it on my Kindle Touch instead of my Fire.

Of course, now I want to go on a trip like his....
Entertaining foray into the Himalayas for some botanizing with historical asides, light editorials and sumptuous pictures.
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Bill Terry is a retired CBC executive. He is the author of Blue Heaven: Encounters with the Blue Poppy and Beyond Beauty: Hunting the Wild Blue Poppy. His calendar, Poppies from the Roof of the World, also features this rare and beautiful plant. Since 1994, he has lived on BC's Sunshine Coast with his wife, pursuing a lifelong ambition to create the perfect garden. His collection of Asiatic Poppie ...more
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