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The Forest Unseen

A Year's Watch in Nature
Haskell, David George (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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In this wholly original book, biologist David Haskell uses a one-square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window onto the entire natural world. Visiting it almost daily for one year to trace nature's path through the seasons, he brings the forest and its inhabitants to vivid life. Each short chapter begins with a simple observation: a salamander scuttling across the leaf litter; the first blossom of spring wildflowers. From these, Haskell spins a web of biology and ecology, explaining the science that binds together the tiniest microbes and the largest mammals and describing the ecosystems that have cycled for thousands--sometimes millions--of years. Each visit to the forest presents a nature story in miniature as Haskell elegantly teases out the intricate relationships that order the creatures and plants that call it home. Written with grace and empathy, The Forest Unseen is a grand tour of nature in all its profundity.--From publisher description.
Authors: Haskell, David George
Title: The forest unseen
a year's watch in nature
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2012.
Characteristics: iv, 268 p. ;,22 cm.
Contents: January 1st : Partnerships
January 17th : Kepler's gift
January 21st : The experiment
January 30th : Winter plants
February 2nd : Footprints
February 16th : Moss
February 28th : Salamander
March 13th : Hepatica
March 13th : Snails
March 25th : Spring ephemerals
April 2nd : Chainsaw
April 2nd : Flowers
April 8th : Xylem
April 14th : Moth
April 16th : Sunrise birds
April 22nd : Walking seeds
April 29th : Earthquake
May 7th : Wind
May 18th : Herbivory
May 25th : Ripples
June 2nd : Quest
June 10th : Ferns
June 20th : A tangle
July 2nd : Fungi
July 13th : Fireflies
July 27th : Sunfleck
August 1st : Eft and coyote
August 8th : Earthstar
August 26th : Katydid
September 21st : Medicine
September 23rd : Caterpillar
September 23rd : Vulture
September 26th : Migrants
October 5th : Alarm waves
October 14th : Samara
October 29th : Faces
November 5th : Light
November 15th : Sharp-skinned hawk
November 23st : Twigs
December 3rd : Litter
December 6th : Underground bestiary
December 26th : Treetops
December 31st : Watching.
Summary: In this wholly original book, biologist David Haskell uses a one-square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window onto the entire natural world. Visiting it almost daily for one year to trace nature's path through the seasons, he brings the forest and its inhabitants to vivid life. Each short chapter begins with a simple observation: a salamander scuttling across the leaf litter; the first blossom of spring wildflowers. From these, Haskell spins a web of biology and ecology, explaining the science that binds together the tiniest microbes and the largest mammals and describing the ecosystems that have cycled for thousands--sometimes millions--of years. Each visit to the forest presents a nature story in miniature as Haskell elegantly teases out the intricate relationships that order the creatures and plants that call it home. Written with grace and empathy, The Forest Unseen is a grand tour of nature in all its profundity.--From publisher description.
Local Note: 6 15 29 53 118 133 172 226 244 250
ISBN: 067002337X
9780670023370
Statement of Responsibility: David George Haskell
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Philosophy of nature. Haskell, David George. Nature observation Tennessee. Seasons Tennessee. Natural history Tennessee. Old growth forests Tennessee. Old growth forest ecology Tennessee.
Topical Term: Philosophy of nature.
Nature observation
Seasons
Natural history
Old growth forests
Old growth forest ecology
LCCN: 2011037552
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Mar 13, 2013
  • cr421 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I am half way through this book and cannot put it down. While it is a bit choppy, the subject matter is one that we all experience around us and Haskell opens our eyes to see it all in a different way. Whether he is talking about how mosses hydrate or trees manage to get water up to their highest leaves, he does so with insight, humor and the ability to keep on interested in the matter at hand. While the format of a year in a place is old hat, he makes us experience his 'mandala' of land and invites us to share in its intimate secrets. A great read

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