National Geographic : 2010 Feb
• INSIDE GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOS: ANAND VARMA TOP ; DES AND JEN BARTLETT, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC STOCK ON ASSIGNMENT Small Worlds It was buried in the pages of E. O. Wilson's book Biophilia that photographer David Liittschwager found a fascinating phrase: "It is possible to spend a lifetime in a magellanic voyage around the trunk of a single tree." This idea---of intensely studying a tightly focused ecosystem---pro- pelled Liittschwager to explore one cubic foot of life in different habitats across the globe. Each sample had its wonders. South Africa's beguiling, bug-eating sundew plant (above, with Liittschwa- ger) was especially captivating. "It's a beautiful magenta flower," he explains, "with the carcasses of 40 insects on one rosette." BLURBS TABP SST OI LERL AVAA PED MANIAI RONC AWS BRANCHMANAGERS KAYN ED MODELS WA NS OO MO VETOTHESTICKS ARAB OO PN ORA GE TS INTOTHEFRAY ILEN ESTO BOES SSWI APO KEEPLOGG INGOUT AL IT ELAN INTRO PERU AIRE EATAT BEEP FOBS STOL E GeoPuzzle Answers NG CHANNEL Watch as a Navy SEAL and law enforcement officers test their limits in Fight Science, a series debuting this month on the National Geographic Channel. NG BOOKS The Complete National Parks of the United States, by frequent Geographic contributor Mel White, serves as both a travel planner and a resource guide, featuring 400-plus parks, monuments, battlefields, scenic trails, and more ($40). Society Updates IN MEMORIAM Des Bartlett In 1992 National Geographic published "Africa's Skeleton Coast," by Des Bartlett (below, on assignment) and his wife, Jen---one of many contributions the Australian couple made to this magazine and to the film industry during their 53 years of marriage. A pioneer in documenting Namibia's natural history, Des died in September. Says friend and colleague Frans Lanting, "Des had great modesty, yet he was a hero and mentor to a generation of filmmakers and photographers."