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Gathers cyanotype photograms of ferns, flowers, feathers, lace, and seaweed, and explains how the pictures were produced
This lavishly illustrated book features the beautiful and scientifically important photographs by Anna Atkins, whose landmark work combined a passion for botany with remarkable creativity and technical skill. Anna Atkins (1799-1871) came of age in Victorian England, a particularly fertile environment for learning and scientific discovery. Guided by her father, a prominent scientist, Atkins was inspired by William Henry Fox Talbot to take up photography and was friends with Sir John Herschel, who invented the cyanotype photographic process in 1842. The next year, Atkins began making cyanotypes in an effort to illustrate and distribute information about her herbarium. The result was Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, the first book to be illustrated with photographs. A decade later, she and her friend Anne Dixon expanded their visual inquiry to flowering plants, feathers, and other subjects. This volume is a revised and expanded edition of a long out-of-print monograph that first secured Atkins's place in the history of photography. It draws upon years of careful research and sets Atkins and her work in the proper context. Supplementary texts shed new light on her productions and on the cyanotype process, which is still used by artists today. The photographs themselves--ethereal, deeply hued, and wonderfully intricate--are brought to life with exquisite reproductions that are certain to win Atkins a new generation of followers.
Eco-gardening how-to book
The idea of companion planting has gained popularity in the gardening community as a viable take on how gardeners should grow and cultivate their plants. Pairing certain plants together and making sure others are separated can create beneficial relationships for all your plants. Whether you are planting tomatoes and onions or carrots and corn, properly pairing plants can have a major impact on your harvest and the quality of your vegetables. The Complete Guide to Companion Planting: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Garden Successful shows you everything you need to know to effectively pair your crops to ensure you get the most out of every seed. You will learn the basics of crop rotation and how the Iroquois first used companion planting to improve their harvests. You will learn how to work with natural conditions in your garden and which pairings will give you the best produce and the most vibrant flowers. You will learn about how to prepare your garden and how to create an easy-to-follow gardening schedule. This book teaches you the best — and worst — companions for annuals, perennials, fruits, vegetables, shrubs, and vines. We’ve interviewed several gardeners who use companion planting and have seen the difference it makes compared to standard gardening practices. This book offers you top tips and methods for this style of gardening, as well as information about which plants bring beneficial insects and which ones keep pests away. The Complete Guide to Companion Planting will give you everything you need to know to plot out and plant your perfect garden.
The Quiet War is over. The city states of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn have fallen to the Three Powers Alliance of Greater Brazil, the European Union and the Pacific Community. A century of enlightenment, rational utopianism and exploration of new ways of being human has fallen dark. Outers are herded into prison camps and forced to collaborate in the systematic plundering of their great archives of scientific and technical knowledge, while Earth's forces loot their cities, settlements and ships, and plan a final solution to the 'Outer problem'. But Earth's victory is fragile, and riven by vicious internal politics. While seeking out and trying to anatomise the strange gardens abandoned in place by Avernus, the Outers' greatest genius, the gene wizard Sri Hong-Owen is embroiled in the plots and counterplots of the family that employs her. The diplomat Loc Ifrahim soon discovers that profiting from victory isn't as easy as he thought. And in Greater Brazil, the Outers' democratic traditions have infected a population eager to escape the tyranny of the great families who rule them. After a conflict fought to contain the expansionist, posthuman ambitions of the Outers, the future is as uncertain as ever. Only one thing is clear. No one can escape the consequences of war - especially the victors.

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