‘Among all the varied productions with which Nature has adorned the surfaces of the earth, none awakens our sympathies, or interests our imagination so powerfully as those venerable trees, which seem to have stood the lapse of ages…’ John Muir, 1868 A fascinating celebration of the some of the oldest living organisms on the planet, from the grand Oaks of Europe and mighty Redwoods of California to Africa’s ‘upside-down’ Baobab tree, and from the Ginkgos of China and Korea to the Olive tree, the worldwide symbol of peace. Ancient Trees covers those species of tree that have lived for more than a thousand years: the Redwood, Bristlecone pine, Montezuma Cypress, the Monkey Puzzle, Amazonian Ancients, Yew, Oak, Sweet Chestnut, Lime, Olive, Welwitschia, the Baobab, Kauri, Totara, Antarctic Beech, the Fig, Cedar, and Ginkgo. Anna Lewington, the well-known writer on all things botanical, and leading wildlife photographer Edward Parker provide an illuminating and visually striking history of each tree species, including where the long-living species can still be found, the tree’s botanical details, and its mythical associations.
Author: Julian Hight
Publisher: National Trust Books
Release Date: 2011
A lavishly illustrated tribute to Britain's oldest, largest and most famous trees told through legends, history and literature. Trees have always inspired awe and wonder and some of our ancient trees have been standing for over a thousand years. In this fascinating and lovingly researched book the author selects the most interesting of them and compares archive photographs and engravings with contemporary colour photographs. Some of the trees featured have changed drastically over the centuries, while others seem to have hardly changed at all. Each tree has its own distinct shape and character which it carries through its lifetime. Many of the trees in Britain's Tree Story are still standing and there is a gazetteer of where to see them, including in various National Trust properties. Britain's Tree Story is a fascinating and beautifully illustrated celebration of Britain's trees and the intriguing legends and stories that surround them. Ancient trees are a living link to our past and they often provide a fragile constant in an ever-changing world. This is their story, but in equal measure it is also ours.
Author: David Lowenthal
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release Date: 1998-05-13
Heritage, while it often constitutes and defines the most positive aspects of culture, is a malleable body of historical text subject to interpretation and easily twisted into myth. When it is appealed to on a national or ethnic level in reactions against racial, religious, or economic oppression, the result is often highly-charged political contention or conflict. The extraordinary theme of this unique book is how the rise of a manifold, crusade-like obsession with tradition and inheritance--both physical and cultural--can lead to either good or evil. In a balanced account of the pros and cons of the rhetoric and spoils of heritage--on the one hand cultural identity and unity, on the other, potential holy war--David Lowenthal discusses the myriad uses and abuses of historical appropriation and offers a rare and accessible account of a concept at once familiar and fraught with complexity. David Lowenthal is Emeritus Professor of Geography at University College London, and the author of the bestselling The Past is a Foreign Country (Cambridge, 1985)
This volume deals with policy, methods and techniques for the stewardship of our land and our cultural assets. The focus is on interpretation and presentation of heritage themes, and the papers should be of interest to those concerned with school and university curricula, those working in museums and galleries, and those in charge of parks and tourist enterprises. Individual contributions celebrate achievements and debate issues relating to the natural and built environment, the future of green tourism, planning and interpretation in museums, parks and private estates. The authors include: Professor David Lowenthal on cultural landscapes; Charles McKean on architecture; David Macmillan on the arts; John Purser on music; Elisabeth Luard on cooking; the Earl of Glasgow on the opening of a family estate to the public; and Gordon Baxter on the heritage of one of Scotland's great enterprise stories in the food industry. The main theme of the book is that we do not always take enough pride in our heritage which is often undervalued and neglected. Positive action is required to raise awareness, to foster respect for our inheritance and to generate a new kind of enterprise that will not endanger the heritage resources on which we depend for enjoyment and jobs.
Author: Richard Everist
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Great Ocean Road (Vic.)
The Great Ocean Road region - the southwest coastline of Victoria - is simply extraordinary. This book unlocks the sights, activities and background context for visitors and locals - using maps, pictures and words. It is for everyone who is interested in exploring and learning about the region from Geelong to Portland. Sustainability depends first on knowledge, second on discerning customers and communities, and third on responsible businesses. This book features a number of businesses that are responding to the challenge, and:* details on hundreds of accessible sights* maps and information on over 50 sustainable activities including beach and surf guides, walking track notes, national parks and reserves and over 50 cities, towns and villages with more than 60 heritage sites.* fascinating background context including environmental issues, Aboriginal and European heritage, geology, ecosystems, flora and fauna
Explore the British countryside with the National Trust. No organisation knows more about the British countryside than the National Trust, the custodians of some of our most beautiful stretches of land and coastline. Drawing on their expertise, this stunningly illustrated book is a comprehensive guide to the country's natural heritage. Part One describes the major habitats and landscapes: coasts, mountains, forests and woods, rivers and lakes, meadows and downland. The formation, development and ecology of each habitat is described and brought to life with photographs and indepth information on the wildlife you can see there. Find out about the secretive migrations of our eels, salmon and sea trout, an exploding bombardier beetle, a totally aquatic moth or delight in the beauty of our fields of heather, our sea of bluebells in woodlands and our ever-changing coastline. Part Two gets you closer to specific areas of the British isles with coverage of the regions South West England, Southern England, Central England, Northern England, Eastern England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It provides a tour of the key landscapes of each of our regions, from an exploration of the Lake District to why the White Cliffs of Dover are white. Plus some of the best walks in each of the regions. From the thousand-year-old limbs of yew trees near Crom Old Castle, Northern Ireland to the lake of bluebells on the Isle of Wight (the 'ghost' of what was probably a wood), this is a celebration of our land.
National Trust guides are the most in-depth guides to the history and architecture of U.S. cities ever published. From famous landmarks to little-known places, this fascinating guide takes you on an exciting journey through Santa Fe's cultural, historical, and architectural treasures. 50 walking tours and nearby day trips in and around Santa Fe 50 historic lodgings and traditional Santa Fe—style restaurants 180 vintage and contemporary photographs 80 historical prints and paintings Glossary of Santa Fe architectural terms
Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Release Date: 2013-09-02
Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.
Author: David Lowenthal
Release Date: 1996
A critical look at the current world-wide obsession with ethnicity traces the destructive effects the politics of identity have had from Bosnia to Israel to Northern Ireland, and the pitfalls of multiculturalism in America. 15,000 first printing.