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Flying Flowers [Hardcover]

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Flying Flowers is an exquisite collection of intimate and up-close images of living butterflies by renowned nature photographer Rick Sammon. A mediation and celebration of one of nature's most beautiful creatures, Flying Flowers takes the reader on a visual journey into the miracle of transformation. The butterfly, with its amazing metamorphosis from a crawling caterpillar into a vivid and graceful winged creature, symbolizes the infinite potential within every living creature to evolve: from darkness into light, ugliness into beauty, lethargy into activity. The life of a butterfly is a coming of age story in the most profound sense. As such an exotic metaphor for transcendence and renewal, the butterfly has been celebrated in art, literature, dance, fashion, myth, and spirituality throughout history and in cultures around the world.
Using groundbreaking digital photography, Sammon offers us a new view of these delicate insects in their natural habitat. "The ability to see every shot immediately on my camera's LCD monitor allowed me to make critical exposure and lighting adjustments on site," explains Sammon. "That was of the utmost importance, due to subject movement, changing lighting conditions and the reflectivity of some of the butterflies."
The result of over a year's work on the subject, these luminous portraits come together in Flying Flowers like a Technicolor bouquet. From Mourning Cloaks to Hummingbird Moths, dozens of species are represented and identified with brief informational captions. Photographed in extreme close-up and stunning detail during all stages of life-emerging from the cocoon, taking flight, migrating in mass, or simply perched momentarily on a bloom or branch-Sammon's butterflies flutter across the page in a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of wings eyes, legs, and antennae.
Rick Sammon is the author of 23 children's gift and how-to books, which include Seven Underwater Wonders of the World, Rhythm of the Reef, and the current best-selling Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Digital Photography. Host of the Digital Photography Workshop series and the Photography Workshop Series on Do-It-Yourself Network, Rick is also a guest host of the Canon Photo Safari on the Outdoor Life Network. His photographs have been published in Wildlife Conservation, National Wildlife, National Geographic, as well as major publications around the world. Rick lives in New York with his wife and son.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 14" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   2.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2004
Publisher   Welcome Books
ISBN  1932183272  
ISBN13  9781932183276  

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Award-winning photographer Rick Sammon is a man on a mission - a mission to make learning digital image-making fun, creative, exciting and rewarding. He has published 36 books (including seven children's books), offers 11 iPad and iPhone apps, and has more than a dozen online classes. He is a regular columnist for Digital Photo and Adventure Rick hosts inspirational, photography and Photoshop shows on, and runs more than a dozen photography workshops and presentations around the world each year. Rick was named on of the best photographers by and one of the best travel photographers by He reaches his wide audience of photo enthusiasts through his blog, books, how-to videos, iPhone and iPad apps, the Digital Photo Experience podcast and an expanding following (almost a million total at the time of this publication) on social media. He also presents at Photoshop World. He is also a Canon Explorer of Light, a Westcott Top Pro Elite, Lexar Pro, and a x-rite Coloratti. Rick also plays guitar, bass guitar and keyboards, one of his great joys in life. See for more information.

Rick Sammon currently resides in the state of New York. Rick Sammon has an academic affiliation as follows - Canon Explorer of Light; Westcott Top Pro Elite; professional photogra.

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1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks > Humanities > Art & Music > Studio Art > Photography
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Photography > General
3Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Photography > How-to > General
4Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Photography > Nature & Wildlife
5Books > Subjects > Science > Biological Sciences > Animals > Butterflies
6Books > Subjects > Science > Biological Sciences > Animals > Insects & Spiders

Reviews - What do customers think about Flying Flowers?

Beautiful large coffee table book  May 30, 2006
The pictures of these butterflies and moths are wonderful to look at and some are amazingly close-up. I gave it as a gift, and it's just perfect for someone who loves colorful and artistic photos and wants to know only the name and location of the various types.

If you're looking for more in-depth informative detail of butterflies and moths, this book isn't for you. The emphasis of this book is on the digitally mastered photos of butterflies/moths from all over the world.
Gift quality  Mar 17, 2006
I originally sent this to a friend for Christmas. Then I saw it in person and was enticed to buy one for my own collection. You will find it exquisitely illustrated. We will spend many afternoons enjoying this unusual book.
Stunningly detailed photos! Great gift for anyone!  Dec 30, 2004
I really enjoyed the detail in each of the photos of this book. In addition, each was labeled with the type of butterfly as well as where they are typically found. There are also a few very appropriate quotes in this beautiful coffee table edition. I received it as a gift, and I think it would make a great gift for anyone - older children interested in bugs, curious adults or even grandparents. This book is for anyone who enjoys the beauty in nature!
A wounderful book  Oct 1, 2004
This is a gorgous book. A totall mosaic of color and stunning details. Its increadible how the artist here captures the smallest pixles of a buterfly's wing. It a book to keep around for when you just need to look at something beutiful.

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