Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life

Spineless Portraits of Marine Invertebrates the Backbone of Life In Spineless acclaimed photographer Susan Middleton explores the mysterious and surprising world of marine invertebrates which represent than percent of the known animal species in the ocean They

  • Title: Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life
  • Author: Susan Middleton Sylvia A. Earle
  • ISBN: 9781419710070
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In Spineless, acclaimed photographer Susan Middleton explores the mysterious and surprising world of marine invertebrates, which represent than 98 percent of the known animal species in the ocean They are also astonishingly diverse in their shapes, patterns, textures, and colors in nature s fashion show, they are the haute couture of marine life.This collection of moIn Spineless, acclaimed photographer Susan Middleton explores the mysterious and surprising world of marine invertebrates, which represent than 98 percent of the known animal species in the ocean They are also astonishingly diverse in their shapes, patterns, textures, and colors in nature s fashion show, they are the haute couture of marine life.This collection of than 250 remarkable images is the result of seven years of painstaking fieldwork across the Pacific Ocean, using photographic techniques that Middleton developed to capture these extremely fragile creatures on camera She also provides short essays that examine the place these invertebrates occupy on the tree of life, their vast array of forms, and their lives in the ocean Scientist Bernadette Holthuis contributes profiles describing each species, many of them for the first time Middleton s book is a stunning new view of nature that harmoniously combines art and science.

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    1. I read a lot of books every year: fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, books for teens, books for kids. A lot of books. I’m not complaining! I love to read, and I love being able to talk about books with a lot of different readers. Sometimes, though, my brain needs a little break. When I’m feeling particularly busy at work or in life, or if I’ve just come off a big book binge, I occasionally need a little break from characters and facts and stories and, well, words.When I need to give the [...]

    2. They're creepy, fascinating, gross and beautiful. Some have prosaic names, some provocative. Did you know there was a Graceful Decorator Crab?! No, seriously, it attaches bits of seaweed and other creatures to itself as camouflage. And who knew there were some many different varieties of nudibranch?! Middleton's stunning photography captures the ocean's invertebrate life in all its glorious splendor.

    3. The photography in this book was stunning and superb, and the subjects were otherworldly and beautiful. This is the kind of book that forces one to appreciate the significance and sheer, amazing beauty of our planet's marine biodiversity.

    4. Beautiful and sublimely moving. I found the text a bit repetitive, but I'm a biologist, so perhaps I wasn't the target audience. Absolutely stunning photos.

    5. A break away from fantasy and contemporary books to escapism of a different kind, ‘Spineless’ tempted my imagination as much as any YA novel or artwork in a gallery. Comprised of jaw dropping photography with just enough detail to awe and inspire, igniting the inner observer and scientist in us all. Plus, touching on the artistic with hues of colour and iridescence expertly captured through the lens. I loved the literary and pop culture quotes scattered through the narrative it provided an a [...]

    6. Wonderful photography of amazing, mostly out of sight animals. Just some notes -- not a review:SpinelessPortraits of Marine Invertebrates, The Backbone of LifeSusan MiddletonThe human population has more than doubled since the 1950s. Cost: One the land, natural systems and the diverse forms of life they contain have declined precipitously, meadows have disappeared along with 90 percent of many kinds of fish, squid and other ocean wildlife. (Sylvia Earle)Lilliputian realm97% Earth’s water is oc [...]

    7. Some of the animals in this book were so gross yet intriguing. A lot of them appeared more than once though; I kind of expected there to be more than there were. The pictures are gorgeous, but there are so many more invertebrates that could have been included in here. For once I actually found the writing more attention holding. It gives insight into the evolution of some of these invertebrates and even into how evolution itself as a human construct came about.

    8. Absolutely stunning photographs that get up close and personal with nudibranches, crabs, shrimp, coral and many other invertebrates of the ocean. Beautiful work, but I admit I began to skim the writing when I realized it was all agenda driven. However, I still want to own this coffee table book to peruse and dwell on the wonders within our world that we rarely get to see. Gorgeous!

    9. This is not just a coffee table book (though you will want to page through the gorgeous photographs over and over again), it is a very illuminating read on the nature of invertebrates. Susan Middleton has dedicated her work to photographing rare and endangered wildlife. Set against a stark white or black background, she captures the unique essence of these impressive animals. Here are some interesting excerpts:"In sheer number and diversity, invertebrates eclipse all other forms of life on Earth [...]

    10. Gorgeous photos, great print quality, inspiring organic forms. Especially love the Frosted Nudibranch (p. 44), reminds me of the Sydney Opera House. I also might have to hunt down the flower-like San Juan Stalked Jelly (p. 21), beautiful.p. 21 San Juan Stalked Jelly on blade of eelgrass whose edges are adorned with a delicate red seaweed.p. 36 & 37 Candy Corn Nudibranch and Candy Corn Nudibranch eggs

    11. This is a gorgeous book of invertebrate photography that zooms in close on the wonders of small marine creatures. Each page is breathtaking, for those of us who are smitten by marine invertebrates. Many of the animals were photographed when the author worked on San Juan Island, so this book is especially informative for people on the Pacific Northwest coast. I borrowed this book, so didn't have it long enough to read the author's text, but did really enjoy the brilliant marine biologist Sylvia E [...]

    12. This book is stunning. From the endpapers in, it's just gorgeous. There's some interesting scientific background about evolution and genetic research, etc but what really makes this book special is the photographs. Anyone who can make a flatworm that beautiful gets a tip of the hat from me. And the Frosted Nudibranch on pages 44-45 is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. I'm taking a trip to the aquarium tomorrow, and I think I'll find myself paying more attention to the invertebrate [...]

    13. This is a lovely large format book full of lush pictures of sea creatures, great pics, fun anecdotes in the species profiles, only thing i wish there was a better sense of scale some of these things within the "text" and not have to wait for the notes, like the butterfly crab are not at all what i thought they would be, i think that would hold true for more than i know. that is all, it is beautiful though,

    14. These portraits of marine invertebrates are unbelievably gorgeous. I actually don't even know how to talk about these anemones and crabs and jellies and urchins and octopods; they're otherworldly.And at least 1/5 of them are threatened with extinction, so you can have a hearty dose of existential despair along with your aesthetic marveling.

    15. This book is so, so gorgeous! I got it for Christmas and I absolutely love it. Be aware this book is heavy on pictures, and although there are many pages of writing, there are just as many, if not more pages of pictures. This isn't a text book, this is a coffee table book that's absolutely stunning.

    16. While I didn't have the chance to read all of the essays word from word, I did love the pictures. They were pretty amazing, and I like how the author is trying to raise awareness on these underwater creatures who often go unrecognized and unappreciated, because they're not as cute or cuddly as other animals.

    17. This one takes a long time to absorb. The photography is superb and opens a whole new world of perceptions. There is a lot of science, and narrative, but the beings themselves are the real story. This is a "gateway" book.

    18. the octopus was beautiful there were many things that were pretty and you can't believe that they are found in nature but then you think oooowwww what can they do to the human body. where are they found in nature? it was great!!!

    19. A beautiful collection of photographs of invertebrates. The perfect addition to any biology enthusiast's coffee table.

    20. Incredible photos - especially when you flip to the back and see that the actual size of so many of these creatures is less than an inch!

    21. As Oprah would say, this book was ah-maze-inggggg. Great photos, awesome animals I never knew existed and hear idea. Would like to see more from the author!

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