Photographs of animals trying to blend into their surroundings
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In this astonishing book, legendary wildlife photographer
Art Wolfe turns to one of nature's most fundamental
survival techniques: the vanishing act. His portraits show
animals and insects relying on deception, disguises, lures,
and decoys to disappear into their surroundings and so
confuse the eye of the predator.
In a world where nothing is as it appears to be, a lion
blends into the tall grass in the late afternoon sun, a
harp seal disappears against his snowy backdrop. Pastel
orchids can suddenly morph into predatory praying mantises;
lizard heads become tails. What at first appears to be a
torn and decomposing leaf on a forest floor in Peru
suddenly sprouts legs and starts walking: it is a leaf-
mimic katydid. Spotting each hidden animal amid Wolfe's
clever compositions is both a fun and informative game. At
a time when many species are performing permanent vanishing
acts due to habitat loss and human encroachment, this book
showcases the beauty and evolutionary brilliance of animal
behavior and artfully illustrates the tenacious will to
stay alive in an eat-or-be-eaten world.
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