|NATURAL HISTORY: INTERPRETATIONS OF FLORA AND FAUNA
poems by K. S. Hardy
A beautiful blending of poetry and photography, revealing both the grandeur and nuance of the seasons. A book to come back to again and again for enjoyment and inspiration.
POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Nature
ISBN: 978-1-941830-88-8 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
134 pages; 118 photographs
K. S. Hardy lives in the aptly named town of Cygnet, Ohio, in the heart of what once was known as the Black Swamp and also still has an actual oil field beneath its streets. Almost daily the village is visited by a bald eagle on its supper rounds. A pheasant once walked up to Hardy’s dining room bay window but refused to come in.
Hardy decided to become a poet at the age of fifteen, and this, after decades not to be counted, is his first collection of verse. Other books do exist but are of a vastly different character, and he has had an uncountable number of short stories and poems published by literary journals worldwide. Hardy is most proud of his daughter, who at fifteen has decided to become a writer.
"Open Natural History to any individual page and encounter the delightful interplay between image and verse, or take the journey first page to last, experiencing the cumulative power of a stroll through the seasons. Either approach results in an awakening of wonder at the beauty of the natural world that surrounds us. Jeffrey Stoner's images and K. S. Hardy's verses complement each other in surprising and rewarding ways. This book is a treasure!"
"Jeffrey Stoner is one of the most accomplished photographers working in the Appalachian region today. He is equally skilled at capturing the seasonal changes of its majestic mountains and the intimacies of its individual wonders: the textures of lake stones, the whiskers on a bear's muzzle, the veins in a turtle's neck. In Natural History, Stoner's photography is enhanced by the fine poetry of K. S. Hardy, who through words captures the expansive as well as the close-up wonders of the landscape."
"What a lovely marriage of poetry and photography that gleans a unique perspective of nature in anthropomorphized fashion. K. S. Hardy’s beautiful narrative paints the emotions of flora and fauna, as well as intangible elements from earth to sky. The content works seamlessly with the stunning images provided by Jeffrey Stoner, the glory of each season magically bringing each poem to life. Natural History offers an important reminder to its readers: while enjoying the great outdoors, the effusive delight comes from paying special attention to every facet of one's surroundings in the natural world."
The ability to present nature in the way of a photograph requires a person to possess to possess a love of nature and a good deal of knowledge about it. Excellent photographers also possess inexhaustible patience and the ability to immerse oneself, mentally and physically, into the environment. The crowning touch is an innate sense of composition. Jeffrey Stoner has it all, and it shows in the remarkable quality of his images. Paired with K. S. Hardy's poetry, you have a collection of complete stories. What a lovely book!
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