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Egg & Nest

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The beauty of the robin s egg is not lost on the child who discovers the nest, nor on the collector of nature s marvels. Such instances of wonder find fitting expression in the photographs of Rosamond Purcell, whose work captures the intricacy of nests and the aesthetic perfection of bird eggs. Mining the ornithological treasures of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoo ...more
Hardcover, 222 pages
Published October 15th 2008 by Belknap Press
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An utterly engrossing book. With beautiful photographs and eloquent, accessible text, this is great for anyone who wants to learn more about birds as reflected through their dwellings. Most fascinating are the photos of the unusual nests, like the shot of a hummingbird's 50 millimeter home, built in the curve of a rope swing. Additionally, some readers may enjoy the sections on the nest-collectors themselves, who certainly fall among science's more eccentric (and conscientious) specimens.
Sherry (sethurner)
The heads up for this beautiful coffee-table sized book came from an art blogger, and the photographs are lovely enough to be in a gallery. Page after page of gorgeous photos of all sorts of common and exotic nests, and tenderly tinted eggs, many speckled to covered with calligraphic squiggles make this a book one might return to over and over. Besides the illustrations, there are two good introductory essays. I was particularly interested in the history of amateurs and scientists who collect eg ...more
Charles M.
A birder's delight with essays and pictures of very obscure bird eggs and nests collected through the ages.
Many gorgeous specimens. I didn't know the red-winged blackbird (a favorite of mine) has calligraphic eggs.
What a find! I discovered this book on a sale rack this past spring and thought it would make a nice coffee table book. Shame on me. This book is exquisite. I was mezmerized by the detailed photography and insightful narrative on the history of egg collecting. "Egg and Nest" provides more than a glimpse into the science of orinthology world and allows readers to witness the artistic design of the natural world.
Beautiful book showing the nests and eggs of various birds. Photographs are perfectly executed, vivid and rich colors and textures.

Side note: It would be an extremely artistic idea to decorate eggs for Easter using the colors and patterns of the eggs in this book as inspiration. (Using natural dyes/pigment would also be preferable.)
Ha, I see now that Rosamond Purcell also contributed to the book with the subtitle Where Art and Science Meet. These photographs are precisely there. The nests are so real they look fake.

And, what is it about eggs? The answer is so obvious. And still mesmerizingly interesting.
What gorgeous photography!!!
Gorgeous gorgeous.
Absolutely gorgeous
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