Adventures With A Texas Naturalist


A classic since its first publication in 1947, Adventures with a Texas Naturalist distills a lifetime of patient observations of the natural world. This reprint contains a new introduction by noted nature writer Rick Bass.

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A classic since its first publication in 1947, Adventures with a Texas Naturalist distills a lifetime of patient observations of the natural world. This reprint contains a new introduction by noted nature writer Rick Bass.

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Editorial Reviews

A Texan wholly devoted to his native Southwest, he was regional but not provincial.... Roy Bedichek was a true scientist, with a luminous curiosity more like the ancient Greeks' than today's.
Lon Tinkle
You may not know the little birds from the little flowers and not even care to, but still you will find in Adventures with a Texas Naturalist a ripe mind seeing in all relationships the human significance.... His prose is modest and seemingly without art. And then you discover that this man who paid profound attention to everything writes like an angel.
J. Frank Dobie
I wish some such book opening windows on the ground I belong to and arousing healthy curiosity about all things both great and small had been available when I, as a boy, always got books--good books--for Christmas. It is the kind of book that enlarges experience whether remembered or yet to come. It is a book to open eyes.
Houston Chronicle - John and Gloria Tveten
Whether studying the effects of grazing goats on roadside wildflowers or reveling in the fiery beauty of a vermilion flycatcher, Bedichek writes with a marvelous style that begs quotation at every turn.
Austin American-Statesman - Mike Cox
A book that should be required reading in high school or college, one that ought to be in every deer camp or in every biker's pack. It is a thoughtful book but also pleasant to the senses. It is a book that can be read once and then delved into again some other time, as enduring as nature itself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292703117
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1975
  • Series: American Autobiography Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 370
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction by Rick Bass
Author's Introduction
1. Fences: Fields and Pastures
2. Fences: Right-of-Ways
3. Still Water
4. The Wing Of The Swallow
5. Killers
6. A Bird and a Flower
7. "Co-Operatives"
8. "Co-Operatives" (continued)
9. Denatured Chickens
10. Davis Mountains Holiday: En Route
11. Davis Mountains Holiday: In Camp
12. The Golden Eagle
13. The Golden Eagle: Soarer
14. Nature Lore in Folklore
15. Folk-Naming of Birds and Flowers
16. The Mockingbird: Character and Disposition
17. Mockingbird: Singer
18. Mockingbird: Does He Mock?
19. Heronry on Keller's Creek
20. Nest Hunger
21. Root and Rock
22. Cedar Cutter
The Author's Emendations
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