The Amazing Monarch: The Secret Wintering Grounds of an Endangered Butterfly by Windle Turley – Published by BenBella Books, 2010
If I needed to sum up The Amazing Monarch: The Secret Wintering Grounds of an Endangered Butterfly by Windle Turley in one word, that would do it. Fortunately, I have room to expound.
This book is stunning. The photographs are beautiful. I felt like I had escaped into a secret world of wintering monarchs as I turned the pages. From images of single monarchs to images of tens of thousands of them covering trees like a tapestry of black, orange, and white, readers will linger over every photo. The details are exquisite, and Turley captures the monarchs from every angle, allowing a complete study of the butterflies as they take flight, land, alight on a flower, or flutter away. Having hauled my trusty Canon to many butterfly gardens, I know how difficult it is to capture a good image even in the most accommodating environment. How Turley managed to capture captivating images in the real environment of monarchs, I do not know, but I am very impressed.
The Amazing Monarch isn’t just a collection of beautiful images. Turley shares fitting quotes about butterflies and gives readers a lesson in the lives of the monarchs from their migration patterns to their reproduction cycles to the numerous threats that make them an endangered species. People of all ages will enjoy this book and, hopefully, become advocates for the monarchs and their wintering grounds.