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The Splendor of Birds: Art and Photographs from National Geographic

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An elegant collection of the best artwork and photography from the National Geographic archives depicting the magnificence of birds.

Bird, nature, and art lovers alike will treasure this sumptuous visual celebration of the colors, forms, and behaviors of the winged wonders who share our world as they have been explored, displayed, and revealed throughout the years by Nation
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Hardcover, 512 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by National Geographic Society
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Katie/Doing Dewey
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Summary: This was awesome! Fantastic photography, fascinating history - I loved it.

This collection of bird photography, organized to cover bird conservation and National Geographic history, was fantastic. Unlike many coffee table books, the text was substantive. There wasn't so much of it that this couldn't be enjoyed just to look through, but what was there had depth. I loved learning about the way bird photography has changed. Seeing the older pictures and thinking about technical limitations
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Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Splendor of Birds: Art and Photographs From National Geographic is a very highly recommended collection of the best artwork and photography from the National Geographic archives featuring birds.

This visually stunning, breath-takingly beautiful collection covers 130 years of the National Geographic collection of photos and artwork celebrating birds. The Splendor of Birds was created to commemorate the Year of the Bird initiative, which is a year-long effort dedicated to protecting and celebra
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Stephanie
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Come for the excellent photos and stay for the excellent photos and pretty thoughtful text too. The table top size makes it a bit awkward as a reading book and the into bits to each chapter section had odd paragraph formatting when they went from full width page to column format but really the photos are worth it. The clarity of the old ones in particular is phenomenal. They hyper detail shots at the end were neat but five preferred them to stick to full bird shots.
Jael
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
he only birds I see on a regular basis are the pigeons when I get off the subway. To me, they're more of a nuisance than a thing of beauty. But I'm all for getting out of my comfort zone and looking at things in a new light.

The Splendor of Birds, a 500-plus page tome, is a vivid exploration of more than 130 years worth of photos and paintings from the National Geographic archive. And "vivid" seems like such a mild description of the artwork in this book. To truly grasp it, you have to see the ph
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Five hundred pages, almost all beautiful photographs, of birds. Birds of all sizes and shapes and colors and geographical habitats. The book is arranged chronologically, tracing the coverage and exposure National Geographic gave to these avian creatures over the last century and a half. I looked at every page but read very little, primarily the captions, which are short and identify each bird pictured. Some of the photos are stunning because the birds are. (Despite many rare bird types that are ...more
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The first thing I realized about this book is that it is absolutely massive.  There will be no laying leisurely in bed holding this above my head while reading.  I drop books and iPads on my face all the time.  If I drop this book, I would do myself an injury.

The second thing I realized is that it is absolutely amazing.

This is a history of National Geographic's coverage of birds from the 1800s until now.  It is the best of their wonderful photography.  There are sections about how b
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