BOOKS CHECKED OUT
In the dark days of winter when white and gray dominate the landscape, the colorful pages of an illustrated book can be particularly appealing. To soothe the eyes, check out the books below and flip through vivid pages of animals, arts, people and places.
by Seth Casteel
Animal photographer Casteel focused on photos of dogs underwater. Even if you’re not a dog lover, there are some funny ones here to enjoy, like Duncan the 5-year-old pug. Those terrified of dogs, however, might want to skip the pictures of the sharp canine teeth, like those of black lab Charlie.
by Michael Collier
Taken by aerial photographer Michael Collier, these images portray the beauty found where land meets water. Sunset over the Mississippi River Delta offers a scenic orange vista, and sand on the shore of Lake Michigan creates an almost abstract design.
by Theresa J. Slowik
Sculptures, paintings, and photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum are depicted on the pages of this coffee-table book. As Elizabeth Broun’s introduction says, “A museum devoted to a nation’s art provides a unique perspective on the issues and people of that country.”
This big DK/Smithsonian publication contains amazing photographs, maps and facts about mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. There are action shots, like that of wolves attacking a mother moose and her baby calves. For cuteness, there is the baby emperor penguin tucked on top of its parent’s feet. The sea creatures, like the pink Barbigant’s pygmy seahorse, are vibrant. For spider lovers, see the detailed picture of the desert blond tarantula.
With its immense geographic size, China contains varied scenery and sights. The photographs in this book capture mountains, deserts, rivers and people, at all times of the year.
Images of TV Guide covers accompany photographs from favorite television programs over the years. From “Ozzie and Harriet” on the May 7, 1954 issue, to David Letterman on the February 15, 1997 issue, to “Survivor” on the July 8, 2000 cover, this is TV history told in pictures.
by Martin Cheek
Mosaics aren’t something we see every day, but here is a surprising array, including lizards, people, birds in trees, and abstract designs. These are contemporary works by artists that specialize in this art form.
created by Rick Smolan and David Elliot Cohen
Before the invention of Facebook, during one week in 2003, thousands of amateur and professional photographers used their digital cameras to show everyday experiences in the United States. The pictures cover stages of life, from births to weddings to a funeral; different locations from Calais, Vermont to Honolulu, Hawaii; and subjects from cows to commuters.
The Rutland Free Library has the books above and many more filled with illustrations to brighten the dark winter days.