Author: Colin Paterson-Jones
Cape Town, 2007
Soft cover, 21x23 cm, 128 pages, throughout colour photos
Protea is a spectacular introduction to the fascinating protea family in southern Africa. The book covers all of the protea groups, their origins, distribution, and the habitats and regions in which they occur. A section on evolution highlights species that are closely related, as well as those that are rare or threatened.
An exciting chapter on exploration and discovery reveals recent Proteaceae discoveries, as well as the rediscovery of species previously considered extinct. The exquisite full-colour photographs show the many faces of the protea family – from the soft palettes of the blusing bride, Serruria florida, to the vibrant red shades of the king protea, Protea cynariodes.
Colin Paterson-Jones is a natural history photographer and writer with a special interest in southern Africa’s wild flowers and their interaction with birds, animals and insects. In addition, he researched, wrote and illustrated Table Mountain Walks (1991), Best walks of the Garden Route and Kirstenbosch-Portray of the extraordinary beauty of the botanical garden. In 1995 he was awarded the Botanical Society of South Africa’s first Percy Sergeant Award for his outstanding contribution in the field of botanical photography.