Horn of Plenty: Seasons in an Island Wilderness

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Several miles off the Mississippi coast, Horn Island rises out of the sea. A wilderness of slash pine, sea oats, and osprey, the barrier island stirs the imagination, nourishes the spirit, and challenges the soul. It is as unforgiving as it is lovely, with a story that unfolds as a natural pageant of sand, water, and wind.

Walter Anderson, artist and naturalist, fell under Horn Island's spell and painted myriad water-colors of its crabs, fish, birds, and butterflies in some of ...

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Overview

Several miles off the Mississippi coast, Horn Island rises out of the sea. A wilderness of slash pine, sea oats, and osprey, the barrier island stirs the imagination, nourishes the spirit, and challenges the soul. It is as unforgiving as it is lovely, with a story that unfolds as a natural pageant of sand, water, and wind.

Walter Anderson, artist and naturalist, fell under Horn Island's spell and painted myriad water-colors of its crabs, fish, birds, and butterflies in some of his most vivid and memorable work. Anderson's retreat and April Newlin's refuge weave together in a rich and intimate portrait of this seductive and mythic landscape. In a series of encounters over seasons and years, Newlin captures the island's intricate details from the terror of raging wind to the tickle of a snail's foot. She camps on the edges, hikes the interior, and wades the lagoons, immersed entirely in fourteen rugged miles of woods, ponds, and marsh. In her prose, the island begins to coalesce as an intense and transformative place, a wilderness beyond the grip of mainland sprawl.

Over the years, Horn Island has been ignored and abused as well as studied and enjoyed. Today, it is protected as a result of a devoted few who fought development and won. Donald Bradburn-naturalist, physician, and inaugural winner of the Sierra Club's Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography-was one of those on the front lines. His photographs of Horn Island were instrumental in securing the public's understanding and commitment.

Recipient of a Florida Press Association Award for Outdoor Writing, April Newlin, New Orleans, Louisiana, is a clinical psychologist and a freelance nature writer for the Walton Sun and many other publications.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578066810
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 2/18/2005
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,487,994
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.66 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The crossing 5
2 Barrier 16
3 The sound 27
4 The chimney 34
5 Big lagoon 40
6 North Beach 46
7 The west tip 53
8 Mainland 59
9 Horseshoe camp 67
10 South Beach 74
11 The gulf 81
12 East end 87
13 Mainland 92
14 Chimney camp 99
15 Interior 105
16 Tern Point 112
17 The bars 117
18 Mainland 122
19 Isthmus camp 129
20 Garden pond 136
21 The flats 140
22 Mainland 148
23 West camp 157
24 Zeke's trail 165
25 Mainland 170
26 Ship Island and Cat Island 177
27 Lagoon camp 189
28 Night 195
29 Birds 199
30 Little woods 205
Plants of Horn and Petit Bois islands 211
Animals of Horn, Petit Bois, Ship, and Cat islands 219
Birds of Horn, Petit Bois, and Ship islands 223
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