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A Sand County Almanac (Outdoor Essays & Reflections)by Aldo Leopold
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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.
"One of the seminal works of the environmental movement." Boston Globe
"One of the most beautiful, heart-warming and important nature books to appear in years." The Chicago Tribune
"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
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.
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
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Part I: Wetlands calendar
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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
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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
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