Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Close Examinations of Natural Specimens

   I love finding interesting and beautiful books to visually explore from the library. Here are two I found recently:

This one is called 'Amazing Rare Things' by David Attenborough.

   Most every amateur naturalist or admirer of the natural world is a fan of Attenborough and all his in depth and interesting documentaries.  So seeing his name on this book made me even more interested. I have to admit, I didn't actually read this book although there was plenty of writing. I was more interested in admiring the book's pictures, which were all beautiful! The pictures are natural history drawings from artists as far back as the fifteenth century.

  Several years ago I was at the prettiest garage sale I have ever been to. This was because the garage sale peddler was selling a bunch of huge old maps and educational charts that looked like they belonged in an old-fashioned class room. Unfortunately  the seller of these charts was savvy to their beauty which was reflected in their cost. This book I got from the library called the 'The Art of Instruction: Vintage Educational Charts from the 19th and 20th Centuries.' It is full of images from vintage educational charts that remind me of that garage sale.

  The art from this book is beautiful and I wish I could fill my house with huge versions of these educational charts. Here is just a taste of what this book has to offer.

  Here are some natural specimens collected from my own adventures into naturalism! (By 'adventures into naturalism' I mean collecting leaves during walks around town or picking flowers in my yard.)


Autumn Elixe said...

Your collections are very pretty.

Amber @ Fauna Finds Flora said...

Thank you! You can't go wrong with leaves and flowers!