Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nature & Wildlife Photography - August 2021

Books in the nature and wildlife genre are based on the stock outdoor images of plants, animals, landscapes, wildlife, natural scenes, and textures. This genre sometimes meshes with landscape photography, garden photography, and wildlife photography. However, the wild photography genre includes pictures of wild animals in their natural habitats. Most of these photographs are taken when the animals are in action, such as eating, drinking, sleeping, birthing, feeding and, fighting. This genre helps viewers to have a closer look at wildlife. Moreover, the photographs of natural events such as lightning striking the Earth, rainbow, weather assist us in understanding these natural phenomena. Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Nature & Wildlife Photography.

1. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from A Secret World (The Mysteries of Nature, 1)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nature & Wildlife Photography - August 2021

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER With more than 2 million copies sold worldwide, this beautifully-written book journeys deep into the forest to uncover the fascinating—and surprisingly moving—hidden life of trees. “At once romantic and scientific, Wohlleben's view of the forest calls on us all to reevaluate our relationships with the plant world.”―Daniel Chamovitz, PhD, author of What a Plant Knows Are trees social beings? In The Hidden Life of Trees forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland. After learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again. Includes a Note From a Forest Scientist, by Dr.Suzanne Simard Published in Partnership with the David Suzuki Institute

  • Author: Peter Wohlleben
  • Publisher: Greystone Books; First English Language Edition, 8th Printing (September 13, 2016)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1771642484
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8 inches


2. Wayward: Stories and Photographs

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nature & Wildlife Photography - August 2021

Breathtaking photographs and deeply personal stories from a leading surfing and nature photographer, conservation advocate, and social media force Wayward is a collection of striking photographs and the revealing personal stories behind them by one of the leading surf, nature, and adventure photographers of our time. At remote beaches and locales in places like Russia, Norway, Iceland, and the Aleutian Islands, Chris Burkard succumbed to hypothermia, destroyed thousands of dollars' worth of camera gear, and spent a few nights in jail. But in the process, he captured amazing and iconic images that have defined his life’s work. And while millions have seen his photographs in magazines, marketing campaigns for Patagonia, Sony, and others, and via his social media, Burkard has never given a full account of these journeys--until now. With never-before-seen images and the stories behind them, Burkard crafts an original narrative that combines the page-turning drama of a great explorer’s adventure story and the immediacy and power of unforgettable photographs. Chronicling both the failures and the successes he has experienced in building a career, Burkard shares an infectious passion for photography, surfing, and chasing dreams in some of the world’s most awe-inspiring places.

  • Author: Chris Burkard
  • Publisher: Abrams (November 23, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1419732768
  • Dimensions: 7 x 9 inches


3. Little Book of House Plants and Other Greenery

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nature & Wildlife Photography - August 2021

House plants are having a moment. Inexpensive to purchase, easy to care for and a statement in any space they inhabit, growing these plants is virtually foolproof. The Little Book of House Plants and Other Greenery is a source of green inspiration for small-space gardening, featuring a directory of 60 of the most popular varieties of foliage to own. From dramatic palms and tropical leafy wonders to beautiful ferns and flowering potted plants – this book covers everything you need to know about nurturing and growing your own. Each of the 60 plants is accompanied by luscious photography and an easy-to-follow breakdown of all the essential requirements for that variety. This includes details on size, growth, and flowering, along with any extra tips on caring for that specific plant.

  • Author: Emma Sibley
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing (August 21, 2018)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Gardening & Landscape Design
  • ISBN: 978-1787131712
  • Dimensions: 6.63 x 0.75 x 7.38 inches


4. National Geographic The Photo Ark: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nature & Wildlife Photography - August 2021

The lush and unique photography in this book represents National Geographic's Photo Ark, a major initiative and lifelong project by photographer Joel Sartore to make portraits of the world's animals—especially those that are endangered. His powerful message, conveyed with humor, compassion, and art: to know these animals is to save them. Sartore is circling the globe, visiting zoos and wildlife rescue centers to create studio portraits of 12,000 species, with an emphasis on those facing extinction. With a goal of photographing every animal in captivity in the world, he has photographed more than 6,000 already and now, thanks to a multi-year partnership with National Geographic, he may reach his goal. This book showcases his animal portraits: from tiny to mammoth, from the Florida grasshopper sparrow to the greater one-horned rhinoceros. Paired with the eloquent prose of veteran wildlife writer Douglas Chadwick, and an inspiring foreword from Harrison Ford, this book presents a thought-provoking argument for saving all the species of our planet.

  • Author: Joel Sartore
  • Publisher: National Geographic; Illustrated edition (March 7, 2017)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1426217777
  • Dimensions: 10.25 x 1.55 x 10.3 inches


5. The Life and Love of the Sea

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nature & Wildlife Photography - August 2021

Showcasing cutting-edge underwater photography from the world’s leading marine and nature photographers, The Life & Love of the Sea is a breathtaking visual tour of the ocean’s great diversity. Readers will experience land meeting sea with images of dramatic coastlines, barrier reefs, and island chains, as well as the spectacular power of the ocean through a stunning collection of wave photographs. Offering an extensive survey of the ocean’s many fascinating inhabitants, Blackwell presents incredible images of everything from whales to manta rays to seals to endless schools of fish to the creatures that reside in the deepest recesses of the ocean floor. The book also makes available bonus footage via a scannable QR code from multi-award- winning underwater cameraman Steven Hathaway.

  • Author: Lewis Blackwell
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Illustrated edition (October 6, 2015)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1419718625
  • Dimensions: 12.5 x 1 x 12.5 inches


6. Under Western Skies: Visionary Gardens from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nature & Wildlife Photography - August 2021

“Both poetic and practical and celebrates the diversity of garden design throughout the West.”  —Sunset From windswept deserts to misty seaside hills and verdant valleys, the natural landscapes of the American West offer an astounding variety of climates for gardens. Under Western Skies reveals thirty-six of the most innovative designs—all embracing and celebrating the very soul of the land on which they grow. For the gardeners featured here, nature is the ultimate inspiration rather than something to be dominated, and Under Western Skies shows the strong connection each garden has with its place. Packed with Atkinson’s stunning photographs and illuminated by Jewell’s deep interest in the relationships between people and the spaces they inhabit, Under Western Skies offers page after page of encouraging ingenuity and inventive design for passionate gardeners who call the West home.

  • Author: Jennifer Jewell
  • Publisher: Timber Press (May 11, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1604699999
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.3 x 11.1 inches


7. Life's a Dog Bone Chew it All Day Long!: Pawsome Quotes for Dog Lovers

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nature & Wildlife Photography - August 2021

A beautiful collection of over 70 photographs of man's best friend celebrating the lives of dogs through beautiful pictures aligned with a unique quote to match their personality. As you scroll through the pages, you'll experience dogs living and loving life. Your heart will swell seeing the warmth of togetherness as dogs form beautiful friendships. You'll smile witnessing the happiness they experience and funny moments they create. Be inspired by dogs with disabilities, learning to live a new normal. Finally, with the wisdom these dogs teach us, you'll see that love really does conquer all. All the dogs in this book have one thing in common, they found themselves separated from their families when they needed them most. Senior dogs with major medical ailments, found themselves in the shelter system, close to being one of the million plus dogs euthanized each year in the United States. Thankfully, these dogs found their way to Monkey's House a Dog Hospice & Sanctuary. 100% of the proceeds from this book go towards Monkey's House a Dog Hospice & Sanctuary.

  • Author: Jeff Allen
  • Publisher: Best Chapter Publishing (July 20, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1735181028
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.56 x 8.5 inches


8. America the Beautiful: A Story in Photographs

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nature & Wildlife Photography - August 2021

America the Beautifu l showcases the stunning spaces closest to our nation's heart--from the woods in the Great Appalachian Valley that Davy Crockett once called home to the breathtaking sweep of California's Big Sur coast to the wilds of Alaska. It also celebrates the people who have made this country what it is, featuring a wide range of images including the Arikara Nation in the early 1900s and scientists preparing for travel to Mars on a Hawaiian island. Culled from National Geographic's vaunted photo archives, spanning a period of more than 130 years, this provocative collection depicts the splendor of this great nation as only National Geographic can, with a dramatic combination of modern and historical imagery--from the creation of architectural icons like the Golden Gate Bridge and Lady Liberty to the last of the country's wild places preserved in our national parks. With a structure inspired by the original song "America the Beautiful," this book recognizes what makes our nation great, region by region. And all 50 states and six territories of the U.S. are honored with 50 words from celebrities, historians, activists, conservationists, and politicians who call America home. Profound and inspiring, this is a book for everyone who has ever marveled at the beauty of the United States.

  • Author: National Geographic
  • Publisher: National Geographic (October 20, 2020)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1426221422
  • Dimensions: 10.25 x 1.25 x 10.25 inches


9. Ocean: A Photicular Book

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nature & Wildlife Photography - August 2021

A New York Times bestseller, Ocean is like being on a dive. Using Photicular technology, each image is like a 3-D movie on the page, delivering a rich, fluid visual experience. Open the book, and the reader is swept into the magic of an underwater world, face-to-face with a floating Yellow-Banded Sweetlips; with a glow-in-the-dark Deep-Sea Anglerfish; with a Sea Horse swaying in balletic motion; with a Sand Tiger Shark gliding along the ocean floor, its gaze haunting, its hook-toothed mouth gulping open and closed. The text by Carol Kaufmann enchants with its descriptions of coral reefs; a journey on Alvin , the 17-ton submersible; and a meditation on our oceans. Then, for each creature, she writes a lively and informative essay, along with vital statistics—size, habitat, range, diet, and more. The Photicular process uses an innovative lenticular technology, sliding lenses, and original four-color video imagery. The result is like a movie in your hands—the dance of life in a book.

  • Author: Dan Kainen
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Illustrated edition (October 7, 2014)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-0761180517
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.9 x 8.2 inches


10. A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nature & Wildlife Photography - August 2021

Few books have had a greater impact than A Sand County Almanac , which many credit with launching a revolution in land management. Written as a series of sketches based principally upon the flora and fauna in a rural part of Wisconsin, the book, originally published by Oxford in 1949, gathers informal pieces written by Leopold over a forty-year period as he traveled through the woodlands of Wisconsin, Iowa, Arizona, Sonora, Oregon, Manitoba, and elsewhere; a final section addresses the philosophical issues involved in wildlife conservation. Beloved for its description and evocation of the natural world, Leopold's book, which has sold well over 2 million copies, remains a foundational text in environmental science and a national treasure.

  • Author: Aldo Leopold
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Illustrated edition (May 1, 2020)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-0197500262
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 5.4 inches