Reviews by mark_h_charles
A truly intimate look at honeybees
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This program gives close-up views of honeybees in action - on flowers and inside their hive. The action photography is unparalleled. If you have any interest in honeybees this is a must-see.

Footage of bees' flower visits, with nectar and pollen collection, are breathtaking. The efforts of other creatures to enter the hive, and the bees' response, are vividly shown. Additional coverage inside the hive includes egg-laying, larval growth, and rivalry among would-be queens. Views of a mating flight are pristine.

The narration is American, and the photography is German. The location is somewhere in Europe. This is hardly noticeable in the first few minutes. But when the bee swarm enters a village, and the streetcar comes to a stop, you'll know this is not North America. The woodland sequence is more subtly European.

Seeing this you'll understand why honeybees have fascinated humans for millennia.
This is the first in Susan Holtzer's mystery series set in Ann Arbor. We meet the sleuth, Anneke Haagen, a serious amateur collector of Art Deco. Haagen moves gracefully through the world of garage sales and frequents the Treasure Mart, until the day she stumbles upon a friend, mortally injured, who utters a few ambiguous last words.
entertaining and erudite
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Lembke's essays describe the cultural history of several plant species, including paw-paw, Osage Orange, sassafras and tulip-tree. She often starts from a plant's first mention in print, sashays through its economic highs and lows, and muses on its place in the modern world.
fascinating and accessible
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A wide-ranging catalog of interesting plants, complete with photographs, cultural advice, and occasional bits of history or ethnobotany. Especially valuable are the comments on winter interest, bark texture, blossoms and fall foliage.

Many of the plants grow well in Michigan. These include hickory and tulip-tree, spicebush, witch hazel, and paw-paw.