Trees of the World
with Remarkable Trees
Distributed by Allen & Unwin
THOMAS Pakenham, tree
hunter extraordinaire, needs little introduction. It's seven years
since his first "tree" book, Meetings with Remarkable Trees,
was published. Remarkable Trees of the World was published
last year and both books are out again, reprinted as smaller - and
more affordable - companions.
The author has descriptive
powers to equal a marvellous addiction to his subject. Listen to
an introductory snippet from Meetings. "I have spent four wild years
roaming the world, and ransacking it for trees with noble brows
and strong personalities . I hope it will help you meet some new
ones and that you, too, will cry "Wow" when you stand in their presence."
his tales of trees are intriguing, the pictures are nothing but
awe-inspiring. Pakenham lugged a 12kg Linhof camera and tripod around
the world to capture the images for his latest book. Fittingly,
first up in chapter one of 'Remarkable Trees' is our own taonga,
the huge kauri Te Matua Ngahere, dwarfing the author.
Warning: don't try to
buy these books as presents - you'll only end up keeping them for
Gardener, Issue 137, 2003, Page 28
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH