Curious encounters with the natural world: from grumpy spiders to hidden tigers.

Curious encounters with the natural world: from grumpy spiders to hidden tigers. Michael R. Jeffords, Susan L. Post.
Curious encounters with the natural world: from grumpy spiders to hidden tigers.

Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2017. Octavo, paperback, colour photographs.

Michael R. Jeffords and Susan L. Post have circled the globe, and explored their neighborhood, collecting images of the natural world. This book opens their personal cabinet of curiosities to tell the stories of the pair's most unusual encounters. From the "necking" battles of mate-hungry giraffes to the breathtaking beauty of millions of monarch butterflies at rest, Jeffords and Post share 200 stunning photographs and their own insightful essays to guide readers on a spectacular journey. Their training as entomologists offers unique perspectives on surprise stag beetle swarms and spider hunting habits. Their photographic eye, honed by decades of observation, finds expression in once-in-a-lifetime images. The result is an eyewitness collection of startling and unusual phenomena that illuminates the diverse life inhabiting our planet.

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