For Nature Lovers: Books That Celebrate the Great Outdoors

Looking for a gift for the green-thumb in the family? Simply pining for spring? These books will whisk you away to pure blue seas, picture-perfect gardens and nighttime prowls in Central Park.
Butterfly by Thomas Marent


280 pages; DK Publishing
Social butterflies may have their charms, but those delicate beauties who rank nectar over martinis are truly irresistible. To leaf through Butterfly (DK Publishing), Thomas Marent's spectacularly vivid and richly detailed photos of the creatures he adores, is not only to exult at the symmetrical perfection of pattern and design on an extended wing but also to marvel at the caterpillar's exquisite potential (politicians, note—this is what change means!). Watching these fragile creatures navigate their increasingly threatened habitats makes the heart flutter and soar.