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Camouflage is one of nature's most fundamental survival techniques. Can you find the snipe shown in image #VAN031?
  • VANISHING ACT<br />
Photographs by Art Wolfe, text by Barbara Sleeper<br />
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In this revised edition, legendary wildlife photographer Art Wolfe turns to one of nature's most fundamental survival techniques: the vanishing act. His portraits show animals and insects disappearing into their surroundings, using deceptions, disguises, lures, and decoys to confuse the eye of both predator and prey.<br />
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Spotting each cryptic animal amid Wolfe's clever compositions is both a fun and an informative challenge.<br />
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At a time when many species are performing permanent vanishing acts due to habitat loss and human encroachment, this book showcases the beauty and evolutionary extremes of animal behavior and artfully illustrates the tenacious will to stay alive in an eat-or-be-eaten world.<br />
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Softcover: 224 pages<br />
Publisher: Cameron + Company; Revised edition (Oct 14, 2014)<br />
Language: English<br />
Product Dimensions: 12 x 8.5 inches<br />
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Preorder:  http://store.artwolfe.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=526<br />
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Book will be signed and shipped October 14, 2014. (Cover design and release date subject to change)
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  • A horned adder's golden color matches that of the sand in the Namib Desert where they bury themselves using a swimming motion to disappear beneath the hot surface, Namibia, Africa.
    VAN105.tif
  • Two coyotes blend in to their surroundings, Wyoming, USA.
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  • The endangered Panamanian golden frog uses its bright color to convey an important message to predators: Don’t eat me; I am poisonous. Found only in the tropical forests of Panama, this beautiful amphibian uses its sunshine yellow skin covered with jet-black splotches to warn predators of its toxicity.
    VAN076.tif
  • In the highlands of Malaysia, a predatory orchid mantis mimics the shape and color of the pastel flower petals upon which it rests, complete with matching “nectar guides” on its abdomen. Masquerading as an orchid, the mantis utilizes both aspects of deception: camouflage to help catch prey, as well as camouflage to escape capture.
    VAN038.tif
  • Native to Washington state, A tiny saw-whet owl uses blending camouflage to hide among a profusion of muted pussy-willow blossoms. Weighing only 75 to 110 grams (2.6 to 3.9 ounces), or about as much as a robin, the saw-whet owl is one of the smallest owl species in North America.
    VAN011.tif
  • An American Pika does a quick vanishing act in the Cascade Range of Washington.
    VAN129.tif
  • A Great Horned Owl uses color and disruptive patterns in its plumage to disappear in a temperate forest in Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
    VAN087.tif
  • A Leaf-mimic Katydid appears to be a decaying leaf on the forest floor in Madre de Dios, Peru.
    VAN101.tif
  • A pair of Colbalt-winged Parakeets alight for a moment in their tropical habitat.  Napo, Ecuador.
    VAN080.tif
  • A Western Toad hides among a mosaic of of lichen and moss in Oregon, United States.
    VAN090.tif
  • A Decorator Crab selects seaweed and small animals and attaches them to its shell as mobile camouflage. California, United States.
    VAN063.tif
  • Coiled and camouflaged in the leaf litter, hidden by its beautiful colors and patterns, a venomous Puff Adder awaits the close passage of its next unsuspecting meal in Altai, Morocco.
    VAN153.tif
  • A pair of diurinal Northern Hawk Owls perch in the shape of a camouflaged heart on a tree branch in Northwest Territories, Canada.
    VAN084.tif
  • In this dramatic photograph, a great gray owl’s sleight of hand has been captured on film. The owl has positioned itself in front of a pattern that resembles its own cryptic coloration—in this case, the trunk of a Douglas fir in Oregon.
    VAN156.tif
  • A Northern Spotted Owl perches against the textured trunk of a giant Douglas fir tree on the coast of Washington.
    VAN144.tif
  • Candy Crab on soft coral, New Britain, Papua New Guinea
    VAN055.tif
  • With its cryptic plumage, this Snowy Owl blends into its winter habitat in Manitoba, Canada
    VAN133.tif
  • At first glance, all attention is drawn to the colorful feathers of the Rufus Treepie, but sitting to the left is an Eurasian Eagle Owl, Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India
    VAN152.tif
  • A California Ground Squirrel blends in with its rocky environment
    VAN013.tif
  • A Bighorn Sheep peers over a shrub in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
    VAN022.tif
  • A willow ptarmigan in winter plumage is hidden on a brushy slope near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
    VAN029.tif
  • This remarkable photograph stumps even the experts. Barely visible in the lower left third of the image is a common snipe nestled in the snowy vegetation along a Minnesota stream. These shy, secretive birds inhabit marshes, wet meadows, bogs, and moors.
    VAN031.tif
  • A single Mountain Viscacha disappears into the background when it turns its back to the camera.  Tarapacá, Chile.
    VAN034.tif
  • The disruptive color pattern of this Gecko breaks up its outline on a tree trunk in Gamo Gofa, Ethiopia
    VAN042.tif


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