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Traer Scott is an award-winning fine art and commercial photographer and the bestselling author of several books including the bestseller Shelter Dogs with over 50,000 copies in print worldwide. Her work has been featured in National Geographic, Life, Vogue, O and dozens of other major national and international publications. Her fourth book, Newborn Puppies, already in its third reprint (Chronicle Books, April 2013) has been featured in People Magazine print edition, on Good Morning, and Fox and Friends live, among others. Traer Scott was the recipient of the 2010 Rhode Island State Council for the Arts Photography fellowship and the 2008 Helen Woodward Humane Award for animal welfare activism. She resides in Providence, Rhode Island with her family and teaches animal photography at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).


From bats to boas, owls to otters, rats to tarantulas, Nocturne celebrates some of the nighttime world's most mysterious and misunderstood denizens. Close-ups of creatures that we might never see otherwise - the spotted salamander, the giant luna moth and the vampire bat, to name a few - pop out against stark, black backdrops. Even common suburban backyard wanderers, like the raccoon, possum and domestic cat, cut striking figures against the velvety darkness. - New York Times Lens blog
In this exquisite collection of portraits of 42 nocturnal animals, photographer Scott sets her subjects against dark backgrounds that give the images quiet dignity and power, while making the animals' fur, feathers, quills, and skin all the more luminous. A serval cat stares intently at readers, a bat bares its teeth, and a cecropia moth's fuzzy, vibrant wings fill a full spread. Intriguing information about the animals accompanies the photos. - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Scott once again taps into her creativity and photographic genius, compiling remarkably intimate images. Some of the highlights are a capybara so lifelike that it begs to be touched, a raccoon staring into the camera soulfully, a little brown bat that seems to be coming right off the page, a charming fennec fox whose sweet expression will evoke squeals, and a hedgehog rolled up into a ball. An excellent addition. - School Library Journal, Starred Review
Stunning photos, each with beautifully written descriptions. - Providence Journal
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This delightful book showcases 40 nighttime dwellers in vivid photographs. - San Francisco Chronicle

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