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By Janine Burke

Part common background, half folklore, half exploration of artwork and aesthetics, half memoir, a gorgeous publication that would entice poultry fanatics, readers of literature, and paintings lovers

As an beginner naturalist and nature lover, Janine Burke, paintings historian and writer, has spent decades looking at birds. Here is the tale of her ardour, a private, wide-ranging, and intimate booklet that may entice all those that love nature, literature, and artwork. What are nests if no longer artwork created by means of nature? If a nest isn't artwork, how will we account for these beautiful, painstakingly, built creations which are embellished, or woven via with feathers, or studded with gadgets of a specific colour or sheen? This book reveals either the paintings and secret present in nature and celebrates them with lyricism, perception, and nice affection. within the culture of Longitude, Cod, or The Cello Suites, this memoir is additionally a short schooling that encompasses get together and conception, research and memoir, the wide-spread and the revelatory—as striking and attractive as any attractive, intricately developed nest.

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