Cottonwood #1, Gorman, 2002

Forcing Nature: Trees in Los Angeles, published by Bunker Hill in 2006, shows us both the beautiful potential and the ugly limitation of our stewardship of the earth. In color and black-and-white images, photographer and filmmaker George Haas captures trees in various parts of Los Angeles. He allows us to better see not only trees but also the effects of human society on nature.

Left alone to grow and flourish, trees soften the sharpness and hardness of the human landscape. Harassed and “forced” into unnatural settings, they remind us of what we sacrifice in our striving to create cities and societies.

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The following information on Sublime Beauty is from the Bishop Museum Press website.

Sublime Beauty: Hawai‘i’s Trees
Jim Wageman, with foreword by Chipper Wichman
ISBN: 1-58178-068-0
Price: $49.95
Date of Publication: 2008
Size: 9 x 12
Pages: 320
Binding: cloth

This rich photographic collection celebrates the majestic beauty that some of the most vital members of our natural environment—the trees—have brought to the diverse habitats and landscapes of the Hawaiian Islands. Through stunning scenic shots and close-ups, author and photographer Jim Wageman introduces readers to the extraordinary variety of trees that may be found within Hawai‘i’s unique ecological system. Experience exquisite endemic and indigenous species that journeyed to the islands on the wind or ocean currents or with migrating birds. These are the trees that first faced the need to adapt to a harsh new environment and the subsequent arrival of man, yet they have been able to survive and endure, if often perilously, in today’s world. Learn about the Polynesian-introduced species, the so-called “canoe plants” brought to the islands by the first settlers over a millennium and a half ago and embraced by those ancient Hawaiians as essential physical and spiritual components of their daily lives. Delight in the grandeur of some of the man post-contact species that have brought a broad diversity to the flora of these islands. Whether highlighting the radiant play of light on the leaves of a meleau tree or capturing a breathtaking view of the rain forest, the images of SUBLIME BEAUTY showcase these magnificent trees—both native and alien—that continue to play crucial roles within Hawai‘i’s delicate balance of nature even as they enhance the islands with their considerable beauty.

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Majesty II: The Exceptional Trees of Hawaii
(The Outdoor Circle)

Text by Paul R. Weissich; photography by Douglas Peebles
1991 • Hardcover • 72 pages
Color photos • 10″ x 10″

This is the second of a two-volume work on the state’s exceptional trees. With the publication of this volume, The Outdoor Circle celebrated its 80th anniversary. Text from Majesty II and Majesty (written by Jodi Parry Belknap and published in 1982) was used in the Exceptional Trees of Honolulu brochure.

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The following information on Hawaiian Flowers & Flowering Trees is from Malasada’s Books and Collectibles.

Price: $25 (hardcover with slipcase)
Author: Loraine E. Kuck & Richard C. Tongg

Summary: Illustrated profusely with over 140 color pictures of flowers. Chapter topics include where to see Hawaiian flowers, Hawaii’s own flower, the Hibiscus, the blossoming trees, native trees, tropical shrubs, colored foliage shrubs, flowering vines, ginger blossoms, and special tropical flowers.…In this book, each flower is accompanied by a caption giving the common name or names by which the plant is known, its scientific name, the family to which it belongs, and its place of origin. The caption is supplemented by a description of the plant that notes its habitat, its flowering season, and other details of interest.


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