by Heather Angel
University of Chicago Press, 2016 ($40)
Photographer Angel has traveled the world to document how plants attract pollinators. Her mesmerizing images showcase magenta hibiscus trumpets in Hawaii, stubbly Arabian starflower stamens and pollen-covered bees in Tajikistan, as well as beetles, butterflies and birds swooping in to feed. Angel's words highlight the various ways flowers communicate with such creatures. For instance, some plants change color to signal that their pollen is ready, and others open and close petals with precise timing to allow and deny entry. The photographs and text are all tied together in a gorgeous large-format book.