With backyard chicken keeping and urban farming at an all-time high, the proudest of purebred poultry take center stage once again in this fully revised and expanded edition of the classic The Fairest Fowl, now retitled The Magnificent Chicken. Updated with even more chickens and an enlarged resource section, this celebration of the wonder, peculiarity, and magnificence of championship chickens showcases more than 40 astonishing breeds in glamorous photos—many brand new—and informative text, while an introduction by Ira Glass explores the finer points of poultry shows and chicken portraiture.
An awe-inspiring collection featuring commissioned photographic portraits of the best in feathered beauties Beautiful Chickens takes the humble farmyard fowl and places it in the frame of a top portrait photographer. Stylishly lit and shot against a studio background, the portraits showcase 40 of the world's most distinctive breeds, primped and preened for their moment of fame at assorted livestock shows. Featuring prize-winning cocks and hens, this is the ultimate in poultry portraiture. The book includes descriptions of each breed, covering their origins, physical attributes, and uses. There's also a history of hens and roosters through the ages, an introduction to the breed basics, and reportage photography from behind the scenes. Beautiful Chickens is the perfect gift for anyone, whether their fancy is for all things fowl or simply for beautiful photography.
Author: Lauren Scheuer
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2013-03-19
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
When longtime illustrator and lover of power tools Lauren Scheuer was looking for a project, she got the idea to raise backyard chickens. Her husband and teenage daughter looked on incredulously as coop sketches and chicken-raising books filled their New England home. But when the chicks arrived, the whole family fell in love with the bundles of fluff and the wild adventures began. Once Upon a Flock: Life with My Soulful Chickens stars Scheuer’s backyard chickens—with their big personalities, friendships, rivalries, and secrets—and the flock’s guardian, Marky the terrier. The flock includes Hatsy, the little dynamo; Lil’White, the deranged and twisted Buff Orpington; Pigeon, the fixer-upper chicken; and Lucy, the special-needs hen who bonds with Lauren and becomes a fast friend. This charming story of Lauren’s life with her quirky flock is filled with moments of humor and heartbreak: When Lucy is afflicted with a neurological disease, Lauren builds Lucy a special-needs coop. When Lucy’s nesting instinct leads Lauren to act as a chicken midwife of sorts, Lauren hatches a chick in her home. And when Lucy’s best friend Hatsy falls ill, Lauren finds an unlikely friend for Lucy in a chicken named Pigeon, who requires an emergency bath and blow-dry. Enthusiastically immersing herself in the world of her flock, Lauren discovers that love, loss, passion, and resilience are not only parts of the human experience, but of the chicken experience as well. Throughout it all, Lauren documents the laughter and drama of her flock’s adventures with her own whimsical photos and illustrations. At once humorous, poignant, and informative, Once Upon a Flock is a feathered tale like no other.
Flaunting their high-fashion plumage, chickens strut and pose like runway models for photographer Ernest Goh. These birds, with their all-too-human expressions, are both funny and poignant, as if they are commenting on our own foibles. From the proud Serama of Malaysia to the delightfully humorous Silkie, Goh’s portraits, shot on location throughout the world, convey not only the beauty and diversity of various breeds, but also capture the personality of each fowl. For sheer variety in size, color, feathering, and behavior, nothing beats the humble chicken, and no other bookcaptures this surprising phenomenon as well as the hilarious Chickens.
Author: Stephen Green-Armytage
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Release Date: 2005-11-01
In the sequel to Extraordinary Chickens, more than two hundred full-color photographs, accompanied by detailed descriptions, capture the unusual world of exotic ornamental chickens, documenting sixty-one breeds and five species of chickens from around the world.
From addled to zygote, the terminology of everything chicken is demystified in this comprehensive A-to-Z reference volume presented in a friendly, highly illustrated format. "The Chicken Encyclopedia" is the go-to guide for chicken owners and enthusiasts of all levels.
Bestselling author and photographer Traer Scott captures the magic and wonder of a young animal's first weeks of life in this heartwarming collection of photographs. Featuring portraits of more than 30 baby animals, Wild Babies provides a glimpse into the rarely seen world of newborn creatures. From rambunctious little kangaroos and fluffy fox cubs to a wide-eyed elephant seal pup and a tiny painted turtle, these playful images are paired with engaging text that highlights the remarkable moments in wild infants' first days as they learn to eat, walk, swim, and fly. Animal lovers will delight in these close-up shots and fun trivia celebrating the unique personalities of irresistibly cute creatures navigating their way out into the world for the very first time.
More than 128 birds strut their stuff across the pages of this definitive primer for intrepid poultry farmers and feather fanciers alike. From the Manx Rumpy to the Redcap and the Ancona duck to his Aylesbury cousin, each breed is profiled with a brief history, detailed descriptions of identifying characteristics, and colorful photography. Comprehensive and fun, Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds celebrates the personalities and charming good looks of North America’s quirkiest barnyard birds and waterfowl.
A new spin on the classic guide to composing stunning images of nature and wildlife What is the difference between a good picture and a great one? In this fully revised edition of the classic bestseller The Art of Photographing Nature, master photographer Art Wolfe and former Audubon photo editor Martha Hill team up to explain the art of composing images of enduring beauty. Against a backdrop of more than 250 photographs of nature, wildlife, and landscapes, they share insights and advice about what works and what doesn’t, and how small changes can take an image from ordinary to extraordinary. Throughout, all-new tips from digital imaging expert Tim Grey show readers how to make the most of digital technology, whether by choosing the right color space, understanding sensor size, or removing distracting elements in post-processing. The result is an invaluable collection of expert advice updated for the modern age.
Author: Guy Gavriel Kay
Release Date: 1999-12-01
From the renowned author of Children of Earth and Sky, The Fionovar Tapestry, and A Song for Arbonne Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered land struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the black sorcery of a cruel despotic king that even the name of their once-beautiful homeland cannot be spoken or remembered.