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By Diane Spicer
This Trees of the West book review unpacks Molly Hashimoto's book entitled Trees of the West: An Artist's Guide.
Hiking For Her received a copy of this book from the publisher Mountaineers Books, and agreed to write a free and impartial review.
This hardcover book contains 192 pages and over 130 illustrations by Molly Hashimoto.
Sit down with this book to savor 46 trees species when the weather or your schedule locks you indoors.
The avenues are many:
This book organizes biogeographical regions of the west in this way:
That's a remarkable diversity of tree habitats, when you really look at that list.
You'll become familiar with them all in this book, in an inviting and pleasing way under Molly's expert guidance.
In addition to the factual information about each tree species, use this book to soak up art techniques from a celebrated nature-inspired artist.
Molly shares details about the methods and materials she used to create the art in this book.
My favorite: Douglas-fir drybrush, because I live where this tree is dominant. It's a new way to look closely at an old friend.
This book goes even further to show you trees from interesting perspectives.
Sprinkled throughout are tree-related poems and quotes to honor and celebrate our towering brethren.
I'm using them to discover new-to-me writers, or revisit some old favorites.
Might be a fun way for you to use this book, too!
My favorite bit of wisdom on page 125, by John Fowles:
There are many ways to use a hiking trail.
The traditional approach: use a trail to go from point A to point B, getting some fresh air and exercise along the way.
And maybe notice a tree or two along the way (especially if it's lying across the trail after a windstorm).
Think of this book as a guidebook devoted to trees!
If you have a budding artist in your midst, feed their development with a copy of this book.
I think this would make a wonderful gift for hikers who can no longer get out there on a trail, but would like to remain close to the natural world.
Anyone who teaches children could use Trees of the West to develop lesson plans which integrate art, history, literature and science.
And don't neglect the artist, poet and tree lover residing within your own heart. Gift yourself this lovely hardback and pull it out when dark days descend.
Use your off trail time and this book to feed your passion for the natural world.
You can enjoy good memories of favorite Western regions, and discover new ones to explore, as you turn the pages.
Immerse yourself in the art, poetry and quotes - and maybe feel your fingers get itchy for a paintbrush or pencil!
If this type of book fascinates you, be sure to read my review of Molly Hashimoto's Birds of the West.
Thanks to Mountaineers Books for sending this book my way.
It's an enjoyable immersion in trees with multiple facets sure to please any hiker.
See it on Amazon right now!
Trees of the West Book Review