Amazing photographs and a very accessible narrative by wildlife photographer Robert Haas combine in I Dreamed of Flying Like a Bird: My Adventures Photographing Wild Animals from a Helicopter (National Geographic, 2010.) Though at first the photographers’ job seems quite glamorous, all of the gear, safety precautions and cold made me appreciate the task more. Now I might like to accompany him on a trip, but don’t have a desire to be an aerial photographer, hanging out of a plane, wearing two safety harnesses and multiple layers of clothes, even a ski mask, to stay warm. I’m glad someone had this dream, because the pictures are amazing. I find it really interesting how a different physical perspective also gives different perspective to our thoughts and knowledge about these animals. The shapes the flamingo flocks take is amazing (bording on unbelievable) and the great shots of ocean animals were surprising as well.
This book is a visual treat that children will enjoy looking at and perhaps be inspired to learn more — about a certain type of animal, environment, or photography. Read more about Robert Haas on the National Geographic web site: