Land of Contrast
By Philip and Ingrid van den Berg, Heinrich and Dana van den Berg
HPH Publishing, 2012
Land of Contrast is a visual delight of amazing photography with brief but highly informative text. It depicts the renowned diversity of the eight different landscape types (or biomes) of the southern African sub-continent. Each of these biomes is the result of its geology and climate, which in turn determine the soil and vegetation types and ultimately the fauna. Life on land is determined by the availability of fresh water, and therefore water, rivers and wetlands form an intrinsic part of each biome.
The various biomes are Fynbos, Succulent Karoo, Nama Karoo, Desert, Grassland, Savanna, Thicket and Forest. The major landscape is the Savanna Biome and the most unique the Fynbos Biome.
Each section begins with a short summary of the main factors that determine the characteristics of the biome. Then follows a list of places to visit where the specific biome is evident. The images are not cluttered with captions, which appear instead on the last page of a chapter where the images are repeated in thumbnail size together with relevant information about each one.
5 Star Amazon Review:
"These are just the most amazing images of one of the most amazing and beautifully diverse places. If you like nature and wildlife photography it is a must."