Greg Lasley’s Texas Wildlife Portraits
Natural History - Photography
10 x 10, 128 pp.
136 color photos.
Pub Date: 10/23/2008
Louise Lindsey Merrick Natural Environment Series
  cloth
Price:        $30.00

978-1-60344-057-8

Published by Texas A&M University Press

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Greg Lasley’s Texas Wildlife Portraits

By Greg W. Lasley

Experience the wildlife of Texas, up-close and personal, through the eyes of one of the country’s most talented nature photographers. Where else can you look a coyote in the eye while it licks its chops? Spy the long tongue of a Nine-banded Armadillo as it drinks? Watch a rare Blue-faced Ringtail dragonfly eating its prey? Glimpse a Sanderling’s feet spread midair as it scurries down the beach? See an American White Pelican’s pouch turned inside-out as it yawns?

Award-winning photographer Greg Lasley has been taking pictures of wildlife for thirty years, and although he has photographed some of the most exotic creatures and remote places on earth, in Greg Lasley’s Texas Wildlife Portraits he gives homage to his favorite place for photography: his home state. With more than a hundred stunning color photographs, this book reflects Lasley’s penchant for the state’s insect life, especially dragonflies, as well as his long affection for Texas birds. In addition, many hours of patient waiting or the happenstance of a chance encounter have yielded fine images of Texas mammals and reptiles in their habitats.

Veteran Texas naturalists John and Gloria Tveten open the text with an introduction to the man behind the camera. From there, photographer’s comments and insightful photo captions help vividly re-create the moment each image was shot—what the animal was doing, what the photographer was thinking.

Wildlife photographer GREG LASLEY, who lives in Austin, Texas, is well-known to the national birding community. A retired police officer and part-time nature tour leader, Lasley was secretary of the Texas Bird Records Committee of the Texas Ornithological Society for many years and also wrote the Texas regional section in what is now the American Birding Association journal North American Birds. His photographs have been published in over one hundred magazines, journals, and books.

What Readers Are Saying:

Greg Lasley’s Texas Wildlife Portraits is a book that everyone who loves Texas and its wonderful wildlife should have. It contains the finest photographs of Texas wildlife that I have ever seen.”--Victor Emanuel, President, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours

"Join well-known wildlife photographer Greg Lasley as he captures some of the most beautiful wildlife in Texas with his camera.  This is a book that nature enthusiasts will love."

". . . more than 120 pages of beautiful wildlife pictures. . ."

Greg Lasley’s Texas Wildlife Portraits is a book that everyone who loves Texas and its wonderful wildlife should have. It contains the finest photographs of Texas wildlife that I have ever seen.” --Victor Emanuel, President, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours

“It is such a pleasure to see Greg Lasley’s lovely wildlife photography collected in a book. Birdwatchers have known for years that Greg was the best birder and bird guide in the business. Now, thanks to this book, everyone gets to see that Greg is one of the best nature photographers in the business.” --Kathy Adams Clark, past-president North American Nature Photography Associati

“Greg Lasley is an incredible birdwatcher but he’s an equally gifted naturalist. It was only natural for Greg to turn his camera away from birds and start photographing dragonflies, butterflies, insects, and mammals as his interest in those subjects grew. Greg’s love of the outdoors comes across in each photograph in this book.” --Kathy Adams Clark, past-president North American Nature Photography Associati

“What a joy to have Greg’s lovely photos and fabulous natural history writing in one place. Greg Lasley’s Texas Wildlife Portraits is a book for every nature lover and gift for anyone with ties to nature or Texas.” --Kathy Adams Clark, past-president North American Nature Photography Associati

“To start at the end; it is an absolutely marvelous book! Mr. Lasley’s three concurrent themes, his narrative, his photographs and his captions are seamlessly interconnected. They are captivating as well as educational. His writing is as good as his photography. In reading the book, I realized it is a “must” for anyone considering wildlife photography as a hobby whether or not they are from Texas. Mr. Lasley teaches the reader that having a beautiful picture is only half the enjoyment. The other half is to research and learn about the subject. In summary, one of the best books I have had the great pleasure of reading.”—Bill Karnofsky, Lake Region Audubon Society


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