Wild Europe: Exceptional Places from Iceland to the Urals. by Eric Brasseur, Eric Verdonck

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9780711232242: Wild Europe: Exceptional Places from Iceland to the Urals. by Eric Brasseur, Eric Verdonck

This book is about a voyage of discovery to exceptional places. 'Where might there still be real wilderness in Europe?' wondered photographer Eric Brasseur. He set off for days at a time through remote and inaccessible areas, without any guarantee of success, to find out. Often enduring extreme conditions - the Finnish taiga at a temperature of minus 35?C, the mosquitoes of Berezina in Belorussia - Brasseur explored many different natural environments: glaciers, volcanoes, canyons, archipelagoes, primeval forests. He watched orcas in northern Norway; he encountered bears and wolves in the Italian Abruzzi; he saw the last European bison in the Polish forests. He visited unique ecosystems, some of them unspoilt, others clearly under pressure. From the Azores to the Balkans, from the highlands of Scotland to the steppes of Russia, Brasseur observed nature - birds of prey, vegetation of all kinds, sea creatures, rare plants and much more - at its very wildest. And here, with a supporting text by Erik Verdonck and interviews with local conservationists and scientists, he shares his experiences and reveals the remarkable sights he recorded through the lens of his camera.

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Eric Brasseur has exhibited his work in Brussels, Paris and Moscow, and has published books on Madagascar and the Highlands. He lives in Charleroi in Belgium. Erik Verdonck is the author of several books on subjects ranging from Antwerp and the Ardennes to Belgian beer and baking. He lives in Antwerp in Belgium. Robert Macfarlane is one of Britain's leading writers on nature and landscape. The author of The Wild Places, Original Copy and Mountains of the Mind, he is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

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A dazzling journey from the Arctic to the Mediterranean, Serbia and Russia. Mail on Sunday An incredibly informative work that educates on the vast geographic and ecological landscapes on which we live. Combined with original photography it succeeds in promoting these wil landscapes as something not to be conquered; but to be cherished. Business Destinations 5*. Brasseur's beautiful photos take the lead in this spectacular celebration of Europe's remoter reaches: Finland's forests; the Russian steppe; the mountains of Italy's Abruzzo; the marshes of Belarus; the Alpine glaciers; the subtropical woods of the Azores. A thrilling book to browse in, then: no prizes for guessing that the prevailing tone in the text is admonitory. Scotsman Informative introductions contextualise each set of pictures, but it is the photography that makes this enormous album so special. Good Book Guide

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