Chasing Clayoquot: A Wilderness Almanac

Chasing Clayoquot: A Wilderness Almanac

by David Pitt-Brooke, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
     
 

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In this exploration of one of the Earth's last untouched places, Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island, award-winning science writer David Pitt-Brooke takes the reader on twelve monthly journeys: chasing storms in January, whale-watching in April, swimming with spawning salmon in October. The result is a beautifully written paean to an extraordinary environment, a

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In this exploration of one of the Earth's last untouched places, Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island, award-winning science writer David Pitt-Brooke takes the reader on twelve monthly journeys: chasing storms in January, whale-watching in April, swimming with spawning salmon in October. The result is a beautifully written paean to an extraordinary environment, a natural cathedral.

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Publishers Weekly
What Canadian naturalist Pitt-Brooke chases in this paean to Clayoquot Sound, a still pristine patch of Vancouver Island's west coast, is hope--hope that the environmental diversity of that short stretch of natural paradise will survive population pressure, industrial encroachment and logging devastation. In a dozen poetic year-in-the-life chapters, Pitt-Brooke savors nature with Thoreauvian gusto. In January, he seeks out batten-down-the-hatches winter winds. Come April, he's out to sea, eye-to-eye with cavorting whales as they migrate north. June is for walking the intertidal zone, where mollusks and other briny beings thrive and die in the few feet where ocean washes over land; October is for hiking mountain streams, where salmon come home to spawn and black bears come to feed on them. At the close of the year, Pitt-Brooke's quest moves from exuberant physical experience to spiritual and historical reflection, as he searches for signs of ancient human presence on the land and distills the accounts of the European explorers who a scant two centuries ago wrested the land from its original inhabitants. Though the book's emotional focus is on one singular geographical location, it's a clarion call for the preservation of all wild places. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781551927718
Publisher:
Raincoast Book Distribution
Publication date:
06/15/2005
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.79(d)

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