Remains of a Rainbow: Rare Plants and Animals of Hawaii

Front Cover
National Geographic Society, Sep 23, 2003 - Nature - 263 pages
2 Reviews
'Remains of a Rainbow' glories in flora and fauna found nowhere else on our planet, lush tropical blossoms bursting with color, tiny flowers so rare that scarcely a dozen wild specimens have been found; quick-footed beetles that sparkle like living jewels; fish that can climb 1,000-foot waterfalls, noble, magnificent birds - more than 140 creatures and plants in all, each captured in fullcolor and black-and-white photographs and a concise yet detailed individual description. From the rainbow-eye damselfly to the Crested Honeycreeper, the Kamehameha butterfly to the hidden-petaled abutilon, the Mauna Loa vampire bug to the Laysan Finch, all are vulnerable and many are endangered. A few of these species are on the very brink of extinction. The delicate balance of their environment, intact for millions of years, has been upset by invaders from the outside world.

What people are saying - Write a review

Remains of a rainbow: rare plants and animals of Hawai'i

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

The authors, who have worked with endangered species in their previous photographic work, Witness (Chronicle, 1994), here turn their cameras to Hawaii, home to over a quarter of the specimens on ... Read full review

Review: Remains of a Rainbow: Rare Plants and Animals of Hawaii

User Review  - Erica - Goodreads

Gorgeous pictures of plants and animals. So detailed. Read full review

About the author (2003)

David Liittschwager is a freelance photographer and a contributor to "National Geographic "and other magazines. His work has been exhibited at such institutions as the California Academy of Sciences and the American Museum of Natural History. He is the author of "Skulls" and coauthor of "Archipelago: Portraits of Life in the World's Most Remote Island Sanctuary, ""Remains of a Rainbow: Rare Plants and Animals of Hawaii, "and "Witness: Endangered Species of North America". Liittschwager also lectures and shows his work around the world in both fine art and natural history contexts.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and essayist W. S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927. Merwin has won numerous prizes, including the Tanning Prize, the Bollingen Prize and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. He is the author of fifteen books of poetry, numerous plays, nearly twenty books of translation and four books of prose. Merwin was named the 17th Library of Congress Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.

SUSAN MIDDLETON has been deeply involved in the documentation and portraiture of endangered animals, plants, sites, people, and cultures for the last 25 years. She chaired the California Academy of Sciences department of photography, and worked with Richard Avedon in 1985. Her photographs have appeared in books, journals, magazines, and exhibitions worldwide. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Middleton lives in San Francisco.

Bibliographic information