Thursday, June 13, 2013

Eye Spy

I love large photo books, the kind that cover your lap and look good on your coffee table. Serengeti Spy: Views from a Hidden Camera on the Plains of East Africa by Anup Shah is a gorgeous title containing pictures of animals from the national parks and reserves of Tanzania and Kenya. There are photos of cape buffalos, jackals, elephants, gazelles, zebras, and vultures. Each photo's caption is short and interesting; the image details are so clear that I find myself flipping through pages over and over.

In the introduction Shah explained how he camouflaged the camera, but could not fool the lions and monkeys. Sometimes the animals heard the shutter click and came in closer to investigate, treating the reader to a shot of a hyena's nose or a group of curious lion cubs. The author hid the camera in strategic locations on the ground, so instead of seeing the subjects from above, it is like sitting down next to them. If you have ever wanted to be in the midst of a wildebeest migration or come face to face with a cheetah, this book has photos for you.

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