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A Sand County Almanac (Outdoor Essays & Reflections)

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Publisher Comments:

Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac has enthralled generations of nature lovers and conservationists. Hailed for prose that is "full of beauty and vigor and bite" (The New York Times), it is perhaps the finest example of nature writing since Thoreau's Walden, and one of the most influential works ever written about humans and the environment.

This stunning illustrated edition, with more than eightycolor images by acclaimed photographer Michael Sewell, celebrates the Wisconsin farm where the seasons of Leopold's almanac unfold. Sewell, with a dogeared paperback of Sand County in his camera bag, followed the author's footsteps across the landscape, capturing wuth his lens the same woodland, river, marsh, and wildlife that Aldo captured with his pen. Leopold takes us through the year from January to December, watching a woodcock dance in golden afternoon light, or listening to quail song at daybreak. He finds the poetry not only in the sweep of geese across the autumn sky, but also in the humble draba plant or the act of chopping a tree. And Michael Sewell displays an almost uncanny gift for finding images that resonate side by side with Aldo's words, allowing readers to experience this classic work as never before.

This edition also includes a new introduction by Kenneth Brower discussing Leopold's work and legacy, and concludes with two of Leopold's most eloquent essays on conservation, "Marshland Elegy" and "The Land Ethic." With this volume, a new generation of readers can walk beside one of America's greatest naturalists as he reveals the beauty of a marsh before sunrise or the wealth of history to be found in the rings of an oak.

Review:

"One of the seminal works of the environmental movement." Boston Globe

Review:

"One of the most beautiful, heart-warming and important nature books to appear in years." The Chicago Tribune

Review:

"To read this book is not only to acquire much useful information, but to develop a keener eye and a sharper ear for the world of nature and a greater respect for the land." The Christian Science Monitor

Synopsis:

Rod Giblett came to live by Forrestdale Lake in southwestern Australia in 1986. Based in part on a nature journal he kept for several years, Black Swan Lake traces the life of the plants and animals of the surrounding area through the seasons. Presenting a wetlands calendar that charts the yearly cycle of the rising, falling, and drying waters of this internationally significant wetland, this book is a modern-day Walden. The first book to provide a cultural and natural history of this placeandmdash;taking into account the indigenous peopleandrsquo;s concept of the seasons (six instead of four)andmdash;Black Swan Lake will be enjoyed by conservationists, as well as others seeking connection with place, plants, and animals in their own bioregion.

Synopsis:

Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac has enthralled generations of nature lovers and conservationists and is indeed revered by everyone seriously interested in protecting the natural world. Hailed for prose that is "full of beauty and vigor and bite" (The New York Times), it is perhaps the finest example of nature writing since Thoreau's Walden.

Now this classic work is available in a completely redesigned and lavishly illustrated gift edition, featuring over one hundred beautiful full-color pictures by Michael Sewell, one of the country's leading nature photographers. Sewell, whose work has graced the pages of Audubon and Sierra magazines, walked Leopold's property in Wisconsin and shot these photographs specifically for this edition, allowing readers to see Sand County as Leopold saw it. The resulting layout is spectacular. But the heart of the book remains Leopold's carefully rendered observations of nature. Here we follow Leopold throughout the year, from January to December, as he walks about the rural Wisconsin landscape, watching a woodcock dance skyward in golden afternoon light, or spying a rough-legged hawk dropping like a feathered bomb on its prey. And perhaps most important are Leopold's trenchant comments throughout the book on our abuse of the land and on what we must do to preserve this invaluable treasure. This edition also includes two of Leopold's most eloquent essays on conservation, "The Land Ethic" and "Marshland Elegy."

With this gift edition of A Sand County Almanac, a new generation of readers can walk beside one of America's most respected naturalists as he conveys the beauty of a marsh before sunrise or the wealth of history to be found in an ancient oak.

About the Author

Michael Sewell is a widely recognized nature photographer with a long-standing relationship with the Sierra Club. A book of his photographs, Bay Area Wild: A Celebration of the Natural Heritage of the San Francisco Bay Area, was published in 1997. Kenneth Brower is a prominent environmental writer and advocate whose books include The Starship and the Canoe.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
and#160;
Part I: Wetlands calendar

and#160;and#160;and#160; 1. For a few years

and#160;and#160;and#160; 2. Rising waters (August/Djilba/late winter)

and#160;and#160;and#160; 3. Other place (September/Djilba/early spring)

and#160;and#160;and#160; 4. Other life (October/Kambarang/mid-spring)

and#160;and#160;and#160; 5. Wetland world (November/Kambarang/late spring)

and#160;and#160;and#160; 6. Drying up (December/Birak/early summer)

and#160;and#160;and#160; 7. Dry as a rule (Januaryand#8211;February/Birkand#8211;Bunuru/mid-, late summer)

and#160;and#160;and#160; 8. Still water (March/Bunuru/early autumn)

and#160;and#160;and#160; 9. Big puddle (April/Djeran/mid-autumn)

and#160;and#160;and#160; 10. Waterand#8217;s back (June/Makuru/early winter)

and#160;and#160;and#160; 11. Birds are back (July/Makuru/mid-winter)

Part II: The downflow

and#160;and#160;and#160; 12. The ballad of black swan lake: Homage to Henry David James

and#160;and#160;and#160; 13. The black swan: Homage to hoax writers

and#160;and#160;and#160; 14. The blackness of the black swan: Homage to Herman Melville

and#160;and#160;and#160; 15. Black swamp city: Homage to Hugh Webb

and#160;and#160;and#160; 16. The body of the earth and the body of Australia: Homage to the human body

and#160;and#160;and#160; 17. The way of water: Homage to Master Moy Lin-Shin

and#160;and#160;and#160; 18. The seasons: homage to Henry David Thoreau

and#160;and#160;and#160; 19. The black arts of sublime technologies: Homage to Henry Adams

and#160;and#160;and#160; 20. People and the place of the whistling kite: Homage to Haliastur sphenurus

and#160;and#160;and#160; 21. Living black waters: Homage to horrifying marsh monsters

and#160;and#160;and#160; 22. Living with the earth: Homage to home-habitat

and#160;
Further Reading

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195146172
Introduction:
Sewell, Michael
Author:
Brower, Kenneth
Photographer:
Sewell, Michael
Author:
Leopold, Aldo
Author:
null, Kenneth
Author:
null, Aldo
Author:
null, Michael
Author:
Sewell, Michael
Author:
Giblett, Rod
Author:
Brower, Kenneth
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
New York
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Nature conservation
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Life Sciences | Ecology | Conservation Biology
Subject:
Nature conservation -- United States.
Subject:
Biology-Reference
Subject:
General Nature
Copyright:
Edition Number:
revised
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Intellect Books - Cultural Studies of Natures, Landscapes and Environments
Series Volume:
[5]
Publication Date:
20011131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
35 halftones
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9 x 7 x 0.5 in

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Product details 192 pages Oxford University Press - English 9780195146172 Reviews:
"Review" by , "One of the seminal works of the environmental movement."
"Review" by , "One of the most beautiful, heart-warming and important nature books to appear in years."
"Review" by , "To read this book is not only to acquire much useful information, but to develop a keener eye and a sharper ear for the world of nature and a greater respect for the land."
"Synopsis" by ,
Rod Giblett came to live by Forrestdale Lake in southwestern Australia in 1986. Based in part on a nature journal he kept for several years, Black Swan Lake traces the life of the plants and animals of the surrounding area through the seasons. Presenting a wetlands calendar that charts the yearly cycle of the rising, falling, and drying waters of this internationally significant wetland, this book is a modern-day Walden. The first book to provide a cultural and natural history of this placeandmdash;taking into account the indigenous peopleandrsquo;s concept of the seasons (six instead of four)andmdash;Black Swan Lake will be enjoyed by conservationists, as well as others seeking connection with place, plants, and animals in their own bioregion.

"Synopsis" by , Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac has enthralled generations of nature lovers and conservationists and is indeed revered by everyone seriously interested in protecting the natural world. Hailed for prose that is "full of beauty and vigor and bite" (The New York Times), it is perhaps the finest example of nature writing since Thoreau's Walden.

Now this classic work is available in a completely redesigned and lavishly illustrated gift edition, featuring over one hundred beautiful full-color pictures by Michael Sewell, one of the country's leading nature photographers. Sewell, whose work has graced the pages of Audubon and Sierra magazines, walked Leopold's property in Wisconsin and shot these photographs specifically for this edition, allowing readers to see Sand County as Leopold saw it. The resulting layout is spectacular. But the heart of the book remains Leopold's carefully rendered observations of nature. Here we follow Leopold throughout the year, from January to December, as he walks about the rural Wisconsin landscape, watching a woodcock dance skyward in golden afternoon light, or spying a rough-legged hawk dropping like a feathered bomb on its prey. And perhaps most important are Leopold's trenchant comments throughout the book on our abuse of the land and on what we must do to preserve this invaluable treasure. This edition also includes two of Leopold's most eloquent essays on conservation, "The Land Ethic" and "Marshland Elegy."

With this gift edition of A Sand County Almanac, a new generation of readers can walk beside one of America's most respected naturalists as he conveys the beauty of a marsh before sunrise or the wealth of history to be found in an ancient oak.

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