Author: Rob Kesseler and Wolfgang Stuppy
Publisher: Earth Aware Editions
In the Bible it states in Ecclesiastes 3:11 that “He hath made every thing beautiful in His time.” When one looks at Rob Kesseler and Wolfgang Stuppy’s book, Seeds – Time Capsules of Life, one easily sees God’s hands in creating beautiful masterpieces even in a tiny plant seed.
With two hundred and sixty-four glossy pages, this ten by ten inch hardbound book has a close up photograph of a funky purple seed that looks more like an African dance costume on the front jacket. The back jacket depicts a bright yellow pointed seed with four reviews. Inside there is a preface by Prince Charles, HRH the Prince of Wales, explaining his love of nature’s seeds and the Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank Project. There is also a foreword by Professor Sir Peter Crane FRS about the conservation and protection of seeds.
The book is broken down into several chapters that include seed evolution, gymnosperms, flowers, angiosperms, dispersal by wind, water, self and animals, the Millennium Seed Bank, and the duplicated seeds in our visual man-made world. It describes the sex of plants, germination, embryos, their different growth patterns and how they repopulate the earth seasonally and throughout many generations. With over twenty-four thousand species of seeds, the book skims the surface of this forgotten but ever-present and necessary for our own existence topic.
The photographs are more than merely stunning; they are fascinating beyond words. Bright purples, cadmium yellows, or cobalt blues cover page after page, different textures from puzzle pieces to granular, soft or tubal designs and microscopic to actual flower or fruit photographs grace the glossy sheets. Artistically arranged, one gets lost in the details of a bright lime green starwort against a black background with matching green writing or a hot pink wild leek at close range. Most of us have never contemplated the attributes, beauty, details or designs of a kernel, whether at its peak in life or past its prime to see and observe it carefully, intimately.
Even though some of the wording is small and visually contrasting to the black or bright background that makes it hard to read, the attractive colors entice the reader to want to walk outside immediately and view the seed-bearing flora close up and personal, captivating each minute detail missed so often. One easily sees that even in our microscopic world, there has to be a Superior Being Who was amazingly original, artistic and imaginative to create such wonders and beauty in something as simple as a seed.
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