Category: Nature

Sightlines: A Conversation with the Natural World by Kathleen Jamie

By Kathleen Jamie

"When the day ended with time for questions, I had a few handing over my head . . . approximately 'nature,' usually, which we have been exhorted to reconnect with. What was once it, precisely, and the place did it reside?"

along with her poet’s eye and naturalist’s affinity for wild areas, Kathleen Jamie reviews from the sector during this spell binding number of fourteen essays whose strength derives from the obdurate awareness she will pay to every thing round her. Jamie roams her local Scottish “byways and hills” and sails north to come across whalebones and icebergs. Interweaving own background along with her scrutiny of panorama, Jamie dissects no matter what her gaze falls upon—from vistas of cells underneath a health facility microscope, to orcas rounding a headland, to the aurora borealis lights up the frozen sea. Written with precision, subtlety, and wry humor, Sightlines urges us to “Keep having a look. hold taking a look, even if there’s not anything a lot to see.”

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Halfway to Heaven: My White-Knuckled--and by Mark Obmascik

By Mark Obmascik

Fats, forty-four, father of 3 sons, and dealing with a vasectomy, Mark Obmascik might by no means have guessed that his subsequent flow will be up a 14,000-foot mountain. but if his twelve-year-old son will get bitten through the mountain climbing trojan horse at summer time camp, Obmascik can't face up to the chance for a few high-altitude father-son bonding by way of mountaineering a height jointly. After their first joint climb, addled by way of the skinny air, Obmascik makes a decision to maintain his head within the clouds and check out scaling all fifty four of Colorado's 14,000-foot mountains, referred to as the Fourteeners -- and to do them in under one year.

The result's midway to Heaven, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Obmascik's rollicking, witty, occasionally harrowing, frequently poignant chronicle of an outrageous midlife experience that's no simple task, even though occasionally it's A stroll within the Woods -- yet with extra sweat and not more oxygen. part one million humans attempt hiking a Colorado Fourteener each year, yet merely twelve hundred have mentioned summiting all of them. Can an obese, stay-at-home dad turn into No. 1,201?

With his ebullient character and glowing prose, Obmascik brings us contained in the quirky, colourful culture of hiking obsessives who summit those mountains yr after 12 months. Honoring his involved wife's orders to not climb by myself, Obmascik drags outdated associates up the slopes, a few of them lifelong flatlanders tasting skinny air for the 1st time, and lures pro Rockies junkies into taking up a huffing, puffing beginner by way of bribing them with unfastened beer, lunches, and vehicle washes. one of the new acquaintances he makes are an ex-drag racer attempting to practice a headstand on each summit, the lead oboe participant in a Hebrew salsa band, and a climber with the counterproductive pre-climb ritual of gulping down 4 beers and a burrito. alongside the best way, Obmascik reports the uncooked, rowdy, and infrequently obvious intimacy of male friendship, braced through the double intoxicants of adrenaline and altitude.

Though chance is often current -- the Colorado Fourteeners have killed extra climbers than Mount Everest -- Mark is familiar with his getting older scalp can't manage to pay for the hair-raising adventures of Jon Krakauer's Into skinny Air, and his quest turns into a narrative of family members, friendship, and fraternity. In Obmascik's summer season of hiking, he loses fifteen kilos, reveals a couple of dozen man-dates, and earnings recognize for the background of those storied mountains (home to cannibalism, gold rushes, shoot-outs, and one of many nation's most renowned non secular shrines). As a lot approximately midlife and male bonding because it is set mountains, midway to Heaven tells how weekend warriors can live on all of them as they succeed in for these so much far-off issues -- the summits of mountains and a teenage son. And as one guy exceeds the actual achievements of his early life, he discovers that age -- like summit peak -- is simply a host.

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The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists by Trevor Corson

By Trevor Corson

During this intimate portrait of an island lobstering group and aneccentric band of renegade biologists, journalist Trevor Corson escorts the reader onto the slippery decks of fishing boats, via danger-filled scuba dives, and deep into the churning currents of the Gulf of Maine to benefit concerning the mystery undersea lives of lobsters.

This P.S. version positive factors an additional sixteen pages of insights into the e-book, together with writer interviews, instructed interpreting, and extra.

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The Lady and the Panda: The True Adventures of the First by Vicki Croke

By Vicki Croke

This is the mind-blowing real tale of Ruth Harkness, the new york bohemian socialite who, opposed to all yet very unlikely odds, trekked to Tibet in 1936 to catch the main mysterious animal of the day: a undergo that had for numerous centuries lived in mystery within the labyrinth of lonely chilly mountains. In the girl and the Panda, Vicki Constantine Croke offers us the awesome account of Ruth Harkness and her awesome trip, and restores Harkness to her rightful position besides Sacajawea, Nellie Bly, and Amelia Earhart as one of many nice girl adventurers of all time.

Ruth used to be the toast of Nineteen Thirties long island, a gown fashion designer newly married to a prosperous adventurer, invoice Harkness. simply weeks after their marriage ceremony, notwithstanding, invoice decamped for China in hopes of changing into the 1st Westerner to seize an immense panda–an day trip on which many had embarked and failed miserably. invoice used to be additionally to fail in his quest, loss of life horribly by myself in China and leaving his widow heartbroken and adrift. And so Ruth made the fateful selection to undertake her husband’s dream as her personal and trigger at the event of a lifetime.

It was once challenging. certainly, every thing was once opposed to Ruth Harkness. In decadent Shanghai, the specific fraternity of white male explorers patronized her, scorned her, and joked approximately her softness, her loss of adventure and funds. yet Ruth neglected them, organizing, outfitting, and major a bare-bones crusade into the majestic yet treacherous hinterlands the place China borders Tibet. As her accomplice she selected Quentin younger, a twenty-two-year-old chinese language explorer as unconventional as she was once, who may sign up for her in a romance as torrid because it used to be taboo.

Traveling throughout a few of the hardest terrain within the world–nearly impenetrable bamboo forests, slick and dangerous mountain slopes, and boulder-strewn passages–the staff raced opposed to a traitorous rival, and was once consistently threatened via hordes of bandits and adverse natives. The voyage took months to accomplish and price Ruth every little thing she had. but if, virtually miraculously, she back from her trip with a child panda named Su Lin in her fingers, the tale turned a world sensation and made front pages of newspapers worldwide. No animal in heritage had gotten such recognition. And Ruth Harkness turned a hero.

Drawing generally on American and chinese language resources, together with diaries, ratings of interviews, and formerly unseen intimate letters from Ruth Harkness, Vicki Constantine Croke has shaped an enthralling and richly textured narrative a couple of girl sooner than her time. half Myrna Loy, half Jane Goodall, through turns wisecracking and poetic, useful and non secular, Ruth Harkness is a trailblazing determine. And her tale makes for an unforgettable, deeply relocating event.

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Field Guide to Butterflies of the San Francisco Bay and by Arthur M. Shapiro, Timothy D. Manolis

By Arthur M. Shapiro, Timothy D. Manolis

The California Tortoiseshell, West Coast girl, pink Admiral, and Golden Oak Hairstreak are only the various many butterfly species present in the floristically wealthy San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley areas. This consultant, written for either starting and skilled butterfly watchers through one of many nation’s best-known expert lepidopterists, presents thorough, up to date info on all the butterfly species present in this assorted and available zone. Written in energetic prose, it discusses the normal historical past and conservation prestige for those butterflies and whilst presents an built-in view of butterfly biology in response to reports carried out in northern California and worldwide. Compact sufficient to be used within the box, the consultant additionally contains pointers on butterfly observing, images, gardening, and more.

  • Discusses and identifies greater than a hundred thirty species
  • Species bills comprise info on deciding upon butterflies via habit, markings, and host plants
  • Beautiful full-color plates illustrate best and backside perspectives of wings for simpler identification
  • Includes a species record and a glossary

Text by means of Arthur M. Shapiro
Illustrations via Timothy D. Manolis

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Underwater Photography by Tobias Friedrich

By Tobias Friedrich

Underwater images is an engaging pursuit in case you aspire to catch the mystical international came upon inside of our oceans and produce it to the outside. during this ebook, award-winning photographer Tobias Friedrich teaches us the right way to create gorgeous underwater pictures, overlaying every little thing from the apparatus wanted, to making strong compositions, to processing the ultimate photo. He makes use of case stories to teach how his personal photos have been created, and offers specific motives for particular strategies that may be utilized on your very subsequent dive.

The textual content is supported by means of pictures from the most appealing diving parts in the world. additionally integrated are numerous assistance and tips for the newbie and intermediate photographer.

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The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and by Noah Strycker

By Noah Strycker

An wonderful and profound examine the lives of birds, illuminating their incredible world—and deep reference to humanity.

Birds are extremely smart animals, but their intelligence is dramatically diversified from our personal and has been little understood. As scientists come to appreciate extra in regards to the secrets and techniques of chook lifestyles, they're unlocking attention-grabbing insights into reminiscence, online game conception, and the character of intelligence itself.

The factor with Feathers explores the spectacular homing talents of pigeons, the nice deeds of fairy-wrens, the influential flocking talents of starlings, the deft artistry of bowerbirds, the extreme thoughts of nutcrackers, the lifelong loves of albatross, and different mysteries—revealing why birds do what they do, and supplying a glimpse into our personal nature.

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Four Wings and a Prayer: Caught in the Mystery of the by Sue Halpern

By Sue Halpern

Each autumn, the monarch butterflies east of the Rockies migrate from as some distance north as Canada to Mexico. reminiscence isn't really their advisor — not anyone butterfly makes the around journey — yet every year by some means locate their strategy to a similar fifty acres of wooded area at the excessive slopes of Mexico’s Neovolcanic Mountains, after which make the go back journey within the spring.

In Four Wings and a Prayer, Sue Halpern units off on an event to delve into the secrets and techniques at the back of this amazing phenomenon. She visits scientists and butterfly fanatics around the kingdom, providing a keenly saw portrait of the monarchs’ migration and of the folks for whom they've got develop into an excellent obsession. Combining technological know-how, memoir, and shuttle writing, Four Wings and a Prayer is an soaking up travelogue and a desirable meditation on a profound secret of the flora and fauna.

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A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret Wonder by Gary Greenberg

By Gary Greenberg

This is the realm seen inside of a grain of sand, due to the beautiful 3-dimensional microphotography of Dr. Gary Greenberg. to a couple, all sand seems to be alike--countless grains in an enormous expanse of seashore. glance closer--much closer--and your view of sand is just not a similar. making use of the glorious microphotographic ideas that he constructed, Greenberg invitations readers to find the unusual and beautiful international that every grain of sand comprises.

Here are the sands of Hawaii and Tahiti, the Sahara and the Poles, a volcano, every one exquisitely diverse, and every telling a desirable geological tale. crimson sand and yellow, white sand and black, making a song sand and quicksand: Greenbergs images show the sophisticated ameliorations of their shades, textures, sizes, and shapes. And as this infinitesimal global unfolds so does an exciting clarification of the way every one grain of sand starts off and kinds and unearths itself in a specific position, certainly one of 1000000000 and distinct.

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