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Flowers and trees by the roadside: Watch the plants live!

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Flowers and trees by the roadside, by Marc Giraud - Photographs by Fabrice Cahez

Éditions Delachaux et Niestlé, March 2017 - 256 Pages
Ahen you approach a plant, it sees you. If you touch it, it will know. And it has a memory. Flowers, trees, mosses and mushrooms live, move, smell, communicate, fight and unite. Some species talk to animals, others form vital alliances, others make music. You don't need to go looking for exotic plants to observe extraordinary cases: they live there, close to us. You just have to lean towards them. Here are plants as you've never seen them before! Unique in its kind, this field guide reveals the unsuspected life of plants in our gardens and terroirs.
After the success of his two previous books, La nature and Les animaux en bord de chemin, Marc Giraud offers an astonishing sequel on the behaviour of plants.
Based on recent scientific discoveries that are still little known to the public, this book reveals the intimate life of plants, their sensory world and their relationships with other living beings.
From page to page, as in a walk, this guide allows you to decipher the shapes and movements of the plants in our gardens or in our terroirs, to understand the strange secrets of their actions. Thus, are they able to feed on the sun, to send their offspring in flying capsules, or to clone themselves to conquer the earth. A tree may not be "one" tree, but a colony of different individuals growing on top of each other.
Plants live, move and communicate! They interact, fight, unite and perceive our presence. A real "plant Internet network" palpitates under our feet, between their roots.
In more than 700 photographs, Marc Giraud shows the sensitive signs that testify to their intelligence, associating memory and self-awareness. As beautiful as it is fascinating, this practical guide allows us to see the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Marc Giraud is a field naturalist, zoological writer, radio columnist, author and host of wildlife documentaries. His experience in the audiovisual field has led him to create original book writing, with strong images and short, relevant captions. He has no equal for humorously revealing the astonishing stories of nature in close proximity. With Delachaux and Niestlé, he is the author of the "Bêtes-seller" La nature en bord de chemin, published in 2013.
Fabrice Cahez is a field photographer renowned for the authenticity of his photos and for their poetry. He adds to this work an aesthetic dimension in harmony with the texts.

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