Polar Obsession

Polar Obsession

Book - 2009
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Random House, Inc.
The Arctic is in Paul Nicklen&;s blood. Born and raised on Baffin Island, Nunavut, he grew up in one of the only non-Inuit families in a tiny native settlement amid the ice fields, floes, and frigid seas of Northern Canada. At an age when most children are playing hide-and-seek, he was learning life-and-death lessons of survival: how to read the weather, find shelter in a frozen snowscape, or live off the land as his Inuit neighbors had done for centuries.

Today Nicklen is a naturalist and wildlife photographer uniquely qualified to portray the impact of climate change on the polar regions and their inhabitants, human and animal alike. In a wise and wonderful intertwining of art and science, his bold expeditions plunge him into freezing seas to capture unprecedented, up-close documentation of the lives of leopard seals, whales, walruses, polar bears, bearded seals, and narwhals. Bathed in polar light, his images, inspiring and amazing, break new ground in photography and provide a vivid, timely portrait of two extraordinary, endangered ecosystems.

Baker & Taylor
A naturalist photographer presents a volume of works depicting the endangered regions of Antarctica and the Arctic, documenting the negative impact of climate change on the lives and habitats of seals, whales and other regional wildlife.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2009
ISBN: 9781426205118
Characteristics: 239 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 28 x 36 cm


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WVMLStaffPicks Jun 04, 2013

Exquisite photographs and powerful narrative by National Geographic photographer and biologist Paul Nicklen show us the beauty and uniqueness of the frozen tundra of the Arctic and Antarctic. The intimate images and observations of intriguing animal behaviour help us realize what is at stake when climate change threatens wildlife above and below the ice. The story and close-up photos of the female leopard seal attempting to feed and protect the author are particularly poignant.

Sep 07, 2011

Incredible wildlife photography from Canada's Paul Nicklen, who has specialized in the far North and the far South. Look at these creatures -including the photos of the leopard seal in Antarctica interacting with Nicklen - and tell me that these animals and their homes are not worth our concerted personal and political attention to human-caused climate change. Nicklen is both a biologist and photographer -- and presents the natural worlds at the top and bottom of our planet brilliantly.

Jun 21, 2010

Fantastic photography, especially the above/below water photos.


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