|Looking for Seabirds by Sophie Webb|
To human eyes, the remote Aleutian Islands of Alaska
look barren and rocky. The waters seem cold, the high winds intolerable,
and the seas rolling. Yet to seabirds of the northern hemisphere, these
waters are idyllic, a mosaic of habitats teeming with underwater food and
alive with currents of wind for soaring.
Joan Sophie Webb on a voyage in search of seabirds. Just as she did with
her ward winning My Season with Penguins, she once again inspires our
curiosity. As she watches for, writes about, and paints the
graceful Mottled Petrel, the huge Black-footed Albatross, or the clownish Tufted
Puffin, she makes tangible the delicacy yet hardiness of these seabirds -
creatures that have been on the earth much longer than humans yet remain vulnerable to
disturbances in the health of the ocean.
|The Whales Scientists by Fran Hodgkins|
They began as land creatures. Then, for more plentiful
food, or so scientists believe, whales made the water their
home and evolved into the colossal, majestic creatures of the
sea that we know today - the same majestic creatures that man
learned to hunt and kill:first for food, then for oil, soap, candles, furniture, and
even wasp-waist corsets. Rich in meat, blubber, bone, and baleen, the
whale served so many purposes for humans that its stranding was seen as a gift
from the sea.
But now, with their numbers diminished worldwide, whales have become
the subject of scientific study. Now humans hunt instead for a deeper
understanding of cetaceans. Now scientists are trying to solve the
mystery of whale strandings.
|Edward hopper Summer at the Seashore|
Edward hopper created not only some of the most
iconic images of American life in the city but also painted
many landscapes and works inspired by the seaside.
Edward Hopper: Summer at the Seashore takes readers on
a trip along the coast of New England, where he spent the
summer months painting sailboats, lighthouses, seascapes, and
white clapboard houses. This book brings together a selection
of Hopper's most memorable and appealing paintings, watercolors and drawings.
|Far from Shore by Sophie Webb|
From a boat over extremely deep waters, the vast sea appears
empty. But as the naturalist and artist Sophie Webb shows us, it is full of
fascinating - yet difficult-to-study - life. In a little corner of the
ship's lab, with her water jar duct-taped to the counter, Sophie Webb sits
and paints and journals, even when the ship bounces and rocks from winds
and waves. She chronicles all the strange life that she studies and
marvels at in these waters - the tropical Bryde's (broodas) whale, the leaping
manta rays, a frigatebird with a sea snake.
Sophie and her shipmates also count and collect samples of life in these
deep waters, from seabirds to dolphins, from winged fish to whales. Only their
long term monitoring can ultimately help scientists determine the health
of the remarkable creatures who need the clean deep ocean to survive.