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By David Lee

Though he didn’t know it on the time, David Lee all started this ebook twenty-five years in the past as he was once mountain climbing within the mountains open air Kuala Lumpur. Surrounded via the wonders of the jungle, Lee came across his consciousness attracted to one plant specifically, a species of fern whose electrical blue leaves shimmered amidst the encircling eco-friendly. The evolutionary ask yourself of the fern’s extravagant attractiveness stuffed Lee with awe—and set him on a career-long trip to appreciate every little thing approximately plant colors.

Nature’s Palette is the absolutely ripened fruit of that journey—a hugely illustrated, immensely wonderful exploration of the technology of plant colour. starting with effective reminders of the way deeply interwoven plant colours are with human lifestyles and culture—from the transferring colors that instructed early people while fruit and veggies have been fit for human consumption to the indigo dyes that signified royalty for later generations—Lee strikes simply via info of pigments, the evolution of colour belief, the character of sunshine, and dozens of alternative themes. via a story peppered with anecdotes of a lifestyles spent pursuing botanical wisdom around the globe, he finds the profound ways in which efforts to appreciate and make the most plant colour have stimulated each sphere of human existence, from natural chemistry to Renaissance portray to the hugely profitable orchid trade.

Lavishly illustrated and jam-packed with amazing information bound to satisfaction gardeners and naturalists alike, Nature’s Palette will enchant somebody who’s ever questioned approximately purple roses and blue violets—or eco-friendly thumbs.

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