Looking for Autumn
Themed Wedding Inspiration for your fall Wedding?
Here are some great idea books for wonderful Fall Wedding planning.
Autumn: A New England Journey
Review: The best therapy for a hot Texas day
I've never had the pleasure of going to New England during autumn
but I desperatly wish to and after enjoying a book like this,
the ache is only worse! This is a lovely book to own and browse
whenever the hunger for the color of fall leaves, the long stretch
of early evening shadows and the smell of buring wood seems
far, far away. We have no where near as sectacular (or long)
of an autumn in Texas but that doesn't keep many of us from
respecting and longing for this most reflective and moody of
all seasons. This book captures so much of the romantic, misty
images with common and comfortable pictures. This with the beautiful
works of great writers including (in my own opinion) the greatest,
Robert Frost, make this book a joy. As I write this, it's summer
in Texas and near 100. I'm going to crank the A/C down and make
a cup of cider....
Review: Very good...
but suffers from an inherent flaw
This is indeed a beautiful book. It was originally published
in 1988 and re-published last year. But the photos look like
they could've been taken last week. There are 90 photos taken
throughout New England (mostly in Northern N.E., it seems) and
they vary from woodland landscapes to bayside scenes, and a
variety of sorts in between. It's nice to see a little diversity
because, believe or not, looking at a book full of Autumn landscapes
could actually be somewhat monotonous.
I enjoyed some of the poetry/writings, such as that from Emerson,
Thoreau, and Frost, but I didn't take much from the likes of
Emily Dickinson and E.A. Robinson. But I'm not a big fan of
poetry to begin with.
The "flaw" that I alluded
to is something I think any photographic book like this gets
nailed with: the pictures are exciting to look at a limited
number of times. So maybe you only pull this book off the shelf
a couple times a year to browse through and reflect on the joys
of the best time of year -- like maybe after a hot Summer day.
All in all they did some good
work, even putting together a rudimentary tour guide that points
out some viewing hotspots in each N.E. state.
Review: A Must
for Nature Lovers
The photos in this book are exceptional. Combined with the writings
of New England authors this book celebrates the wonder and spirituality
of nature that we, non-writers, feel but for which cannot find
Memories of Autumn in U.S.
I spent two years in Boston and I was surprised at the beauty
of New England especially in autumn. This book always reminds
me of sweet memories in Boston and beautiful foliage in New
Fall Colors Across North America (Hardcover)
Through the inspiring photography of Anthony E. Cook and the
evocative writing of naturalist Ann Zwinger, Fall Colors Across
North America takes you on a magnificent tour of autumn's multicolored
tapestry. For four autumns, Cook trekked across North America
to capture the alluring changes of fall foliage. His journey
took him from the Alaska tundra in the Far North, through Canada
and the northern United States, all the way to the bald cypress
swamps of Louisiana in the Deep South. The result is a stunning,
artistic look at this most magnificent of seasons.
Ann Zwinger's essay explores how the fall colors explode into
life and why they so strongly affect people. From the soaring
scarlets of vine maples and the golden quiver of aspen leaves
to the rich topaz of larch needles and the plump purples of
concord grapes, Zwinger bears witness to the glory of this annual
I went to see the photographer at a show and his work is just
gorgeous. He uses intersting angles and if you like nature you
will love it!
Review: Great Compositions
+ Technical Skills = Superb Imagery
I had the opportunity of purchasing this book after viewing
Mr. Cook's slide presentation. His compositions are fresh and
inspiring, and he is a perfectionist when it comes to technical
execution. I congratulate him on extracting the very most from
the 35 mm Nikon / Velvia combo.
Review: Best Image is
the one on the Cover
Purchased the book because could not get out to see folige this
year. So I was very excited to receive the book, but after viewing
the images, I feel a bit disappointed. His best image is cleary
the cover image, which is spectacular. But inside the images
are not biting sharp, probably due to the fact that he shot
it in 35mm instead of say medium or/large format. There are
too many images of animals. I want to see folige and color.
He also include images of evergreens during fall season which
are ...green, and rock formations in Zion National which are
pretty but they are not folige. He also like to shoot water
falls with a slow shutter and again...nice but I wanted more
In fairness to the authors and photographer, the title is "Fall
Colors Across North America" and not "Fall FOLIGE
Colors Across North America".
I will keep the book because
I love fall folige and there are some very good images of that
but I would have liked to see 1. A larger book in paper size.
2. Sharper images 3. More Folige and less animals and water
I cannot comment on the essays
as of yet as I have not read any, that may change my opinion.
Hope this review is helpful.
Review: Enter All Parts
of Nature's Fall-Decorated Cathedral!
If you buy only one book of nature photography focused on the
autumn season, this book would be a superb choice!
If you are like me, you've always wanted to take several months
off and follow fall as it begins in the northern tundra and
creeps gently downward to the southern coasts of the United
States. Mr. Anthony E. Cook has lived that trip for us, not
once, but more than four times as he traveled with fall through
28 states in the U.S. and 7 Canadian provinces.
When I opened this book, I expected
mostly to see variations on the familiar scenes of New England
(where I live now) and California (where I grew up). Instead,
I was pleasantly surprised to see that the ways that autumn
touches the land, sky, and water covers an immense tapestry
beyond my experience and imagination. The Louisiana bayous bring
special perspectives that I had never considered. The stark
rocks of the American southwest create fascinating interplays
of light, shadow and rock.
Mr. Cook sometimes takes nature,
and dresses her up. He has a talent for letting motion speak
for itself, whether by taking a long exposure in a whirlpool
or by doing the same with colorful aspens trembling in the wind.
Some of the work becomes totally abstract in the process. Other
work simply takes color and blurs it with motion to make the
leaves, rocks, and water look like an early Monet painting of
With Zion, Mr. Cook becomes a
surreal master, showing sides of nature that I would never have
looked for in the fall season.
From another perspective, he
also honors nature with formal portraiture. The book is filled
with stunning panoramas that bespeak carefully planned compositions
and being there for just the right moment. He climbed Mt. Jo
ten times before he got what he was looking for. The patience
of Ansel Adams comes to mind. The panoramas are double the usual
width and require a necessary division by the binding, which
seems to have been planned for in the composition so that little
impact is lost.
Mr. Cook's talent for composition
is best captured by his many simple still lifes with two or
three contrasting elements. My favorite was a partially turned
red maple leaf lying atop a variegated lily pad in the water.
A nice surprise for me, as well,
was to find a number of dignified images of animals that I seldom
see during the fall such as beaver, moose, and a coyote.
This work is also enhanced by
a fine foreword by Mr. Art Wolfe, a wildlife photographer, who
was trained as a painter, and by Ms. Ann Swinger who explains
more about how the fall colors occur.
To view this book is to see beauty,
to understand new aspects of nature (especially the way that
summer and winter can tug on autumn in between), and to experience
transcendence. The experience was so intense for me that I could
smell, hear, and touch the scenes with my mind as I viewed many
of the images.
After you have read this book
several times, I suggest that you arrange to visit new places
each year to enjoy the fall changes. You can get ideas from
this book about places to go. For example, I had never thought
about Denali in Alaska as an alternative but Fall Colors Across
North America has captured my imagination in a way that no other
photographs of that area have before.
Fall Foliage: The Mystery,
Science, and Folklore of Autumn Leaves (Paperback)
Fall Foliage celebrates one of
nature's most spectacular, beloved, and fleeting phenomenon.
This informal but authoritative guide-part artistic color photography,
part science, part travelogue-answers commonly asked questions
about foliage: Why do leaves turn yellow, or red? Why do leaves
fall? How can you identify trees by their leaves or their bark?
Where are the best displays of fall foliage nationwide, and
when is peak season?
From the Back Cover
Fall Foliage is a celebration of one of nature's most spectacular,
beloved, and fleeting phenomena. Equal parts field handbook
and travel guide, this visually stunning book features brilliant
color photographs and answers commonly asked questions about
the changing of the season: Why do leaves turn yellow, or red?
Why do leaves fall? How can you identify trees by their leaves
or their bark? Where are the best displays of fall foliage nationwide,
and when is peak season? From coast to coast, Fall Foliage is
the perfect companion for an autumn drive.
Review: Simply a jewel
In recent years, quite a number of autumnal books have appeared
on the market. Featuring beautiful photographs reproduced in
brilliant colors, the coffee table tomes and regular-sized volumes
now appear on store bookshelves just before the *real* leaves
begin to change throughout the landscape. Publishers know that
"leaf-peepers" want to take samples of those leaves
home with them after seeing them in person. Or perhaps displaced
Northerners, missing the four seasons, want visual reminders
This year a new title enters
the ranks. It meets the standard set by the others with its
exquisite, vibrant images. The difference here is that this
book isn't just a collection of pretty pages to gaze upon. It's
a working tree and shrub identification guidebook, set in autumn
splendor. Traditional guidebooks show leaves and trees of individual
species in full summer spread, predominantly green. "Fall
Foliage" shows what those leaves and trees typically look
like when they change color. 37 native and landscape/non-native
species are represented. The latter section of the book is devoted
to *where* such fall colors can be seen, outlining key touring
spots in about half of the states in the union. (In this effort,
I must take a small offense at the omission of Illinois, Iowa
and Indiana; for I know after living in the Midwest that tree
color can be seen in those states, just not an overwhelming
amount of it.) Foliage hotlines and state vacation web sites
are listed as well.
A beautiful and useful
book that belongs in nature center libraries everywhere, and
a must for "leaf-peepers" who want to identify species
from the comfort of their automobiles.
From Something Olde to Something New: A Bride's Guide
to Something Unique : Creative Ways to Personalize Your Wedding
From Independent Publisher
The most important thing a bride needs (after the groom) is
the reassurance that her day will be something special and unique.
This concise guide offers solutions to the multiple needs of
planning the wedding, with imaginative interpretations of the
traditional and ideas for creating a truly personal event. A
section is devoted to an examination of old wedding traditions
from around the world that could be adapted in a variety of
ways. The final section deals with the planning, the timing
of everything from mailing invitations to the bride's hair appointment.
This precise scheduling advice is most welcome and along with
the checklists and the etiquette guide should help lessen, if
not avoid those last minute jitters. There are almost as many
wedding guides as there are brides, but for the price this one
serves as well as most. One could only wish that the list of
"Royals to Research" did not read more like one of
Fabulous Favors: Favors for Parties, Weddings, and Holidays
This book celebrates the returning popularity of wedding and
party favors. Many brides want to give something back to the
guests who attend their weddings; a special, handmade favor
is often just what the bride is looking for to make her wedding
unique and memorable. Now, more than ever, that same personal
touch is sought out in other areas of entertaining, from simple
family Thanksgivings to more elaborate dinner parties and corporate
fundraisers. Beverly Clark's favor designs range from simple
to elaborate, and each includes a materials list, estimated
time required, price range, and level of experience required
for the assembler. Filled with beautiful color photographs and
simple black-and-white instructional drawings, Fabulous Favors
provides a wide variety of ideas for anyone who wants to add
a personal creative touch to a wedding, party, or other special
Party Time: Making Invitations
Favors And Decorations (Paperback)
Never again will you be short on inspiration for making special
times memorable! Find fun ideas for creating invitations, favors,
and decorations for a multitude of events.
-- Find 15 occasions to celebrate with simple projects that
even beginners can do—includes over 75 ideas
--Create projects for holidays from
Valentine’s Day to Christmas, plus events such as showers, birthdays,
graduations, and retirement parties
--Learn easy techniques for making an accordion-fold invitation,
a pinwheel, party crackers, and more
The Artful Bride: Wedding Favors
and Decorations : A Stylish Bride's Guide to Simple, Handmade
Wedding Crafts (Artful Bride) (Paperback)
Saavy, modern brides are seeking ways to personalize their wedding
celebrations, and to make them unique, special, and unbelievably
fun without relying on tradition-heavy standards. This beautiful
guide contains everything a bride needs to put her own stamp
on all of the special events surrounding her wedding, from pre-celebration
parties to the rehearsal evening to the reception, with elegant-but
also simple and inexpensive touches. Artful Wedding Celebrations
includes more than 20 fashionable and fun-to-make projects from
handmade place cards to humorous party favors, dramatic centerpieces
to customized glassware.
About the Author
April L. Paffrath is a freelance editor and writer in Cambridge,
Massachusetts. In addition to book and magazine editing, she
has written architecture profiles, travel pieces, cooking articles,
and craft how-to's, for magazines such as Scientific American
Explorations and Martha Stewart Living. She is coauthor with
Laura McFadden of The Artful Bride: Simple, Handmade Wedding
Projects (Rockport, 2003).
Livia McRee is a craft writer and designer who is always looking
for new twists on beautiful crafts. She lives in Wellesley,
Massachusetts, is author of four craft books, and has contributed
to several others.
Paula Grasdal is a printmaker and
mixed-media artist living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has
contributed to several Rockport publications and is coauthor,
with Holly Harrison, of Collage for the Soul: Expressing Hopes
and Dreams through Art.
Creative Wedding Keepsakes You Can Make (Paperback)
From Library Journal
Wedding expenses can be astronomical, and smart brides,
with the help of their friends, can cut costs by making some
accessories themselves. The projects in this book are mainly
for items using real or artificial flowers such as bouquets,
table decorations, and the bride's personal accessories. Most
are easily assembled, and the finished products are lovely and
very professional in appearance. An excellent choice for all