Seeing Flowers (2013)
Seeing Flowers Seeing Flowers: Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers, with 181 photographs by Robert Llewellyn and words by Teri Dunn Chace, was published by Timber Press in 2013. This "visual feast" gloriously highlights 343 popular garden flowers. Using a highly-advanced photographic process, the photographer reveals rarely seen details — like the amazing architecture of stamens and pistils, the subtle shadings on a petal, and the secret recesses of nectar tubes.
We may all have seen red roses, blue irises, and yellow daffodils, but looking closely at a whole new worlds of beauty and intricacy emerge. Features most flowers share — such as petals and the sepals that support them, and the sexual organs that offer pollen to pollinators and eventually develop into seeds and fruit — are as wonderful and graceful as the flowers themselves. These intimate images exhibit how each feature contributes to the plant world’s supremely resourceful way of staying alive.
Teri Dunn Chace’s "lyrical and illuminating essays" complement the images, offering insights on each flower and sharing fascinating tidbits and related lore. Together, photographer and writer give the reader a deeper appreciation of how and why flowers are so important in human culture.
For the nature lover, gardener, or photography buff — or someone who simply responds to the timeless beauty and variety of the floral world — Seeing Flowers will be a source of enduring delight.
- Seeing Flowers was named to "Books of the Year" of 2013 by Financial Times in the Gardening category.
“Flower porn. I defy anyone not to be seduced by these portraits — even hydrangeas look like works of art. Accompanied by neat text explaining familial characteristics from Amaryllis to Viola.” — Jane Owen, Financial Times
“He created the final photographs using special stitching software to put every part of the flower in focus.” — The Wall Street Journal
"We’re no longer observers — we’re now participants in the emotional lives of these specimens. In many of the photographs you feel like you’re falling into the flowers." — Chantal Aida Gordon, The Horticult
“I looked, I sighed, I drooled. Seeing Flowers is truly a delight for weather- weary minds, and an inspiration to gardeners and artists everywhere. The photographs look like exquisite paintings.” — floweryprose.com
“Each photo crystallizes every nuance of a blossom, transporting you to the wingtips of bumblebees or nectar-wet tongues of butterflies.” — Elizabeth Derby, Abode Magazine
Title: Seeing Flowers: Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers
Photographs: Robert Llewellyn
Words: Teri Dunn Chace
Publisher: Timber Press, Portland and London
Pages: 304 pp
Dimensions: 8.77 x 10.4 in. (265mm x 225mm)
Images: 181 color photographs
Seeing Flowers is available directly via the publisher, Timber Press, or through Amazon.