Seasons in the Desert: A Naturalist's Notebook

Seasons in the Desert: A Naturalist's Notebook

by Susan J. Tweit, Kirk Caldwell
     
 

Seasons in the Desert is a very special homage to arid landscapes, exploring the eclectic wild inhabitants of the American Southwest's deserts - from the tiny fairy shrimp that flourishes in ephemeral desert lakes to the regal saguaro cactus, and from the rarely glimpsed night-blooming cereus to the ubiquitous Chihuahuan raven. Season by season, we are invited to…  See more details below

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Seasons in the Desert is a very special homage to arid landscapes, exploring the eclectic wild inhabitants of the American Southwest's deserts - from the tiny fairy shrimp that flourishes in ephemeral desert lakes to the regal saguaro cactus, and from the rarely glimpsed night-blooming cereus to the ubiquitous Chihuahuan raven. Season by season, we are invited to discover the startling beauty of the Mojave, Sonoran, Great Basin, and Chihuahuan deserts and their indigenous populations through the "notebooks" of a dedicated naturalist and soul mate of the desert. With forty amusing and intriguing scientific essays, nature writer Susan J. Tweit introduces the residents of a seemingly barren landscape, offering observations and poetic reflections on the history, myths, and habits of each. Each portrait includes the details and anecdotes that make the plant or animal unique, as well as a precise, vivid illustration and a fact-filled sketch of the subject's behavior, range, and habits. Together with a list of recommended readings, a glossary of desert terms, and suggestions about the best places and times to spot these sometimes elusive desert dwellers.

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Naturalist and public radio commentator Susan Tweit engagingly describes 40 of the most dazzling and unusual desert-dwelling plants and animals. Each description is accompanied by a beautiful color portrait. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811816854
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.05(h) x 1.05(d)

What People are saying about this

Sharman Russel
Love, like God, is in the details. Susan Tweit lovingly details the what, where, and why of the desert, beautifully interweaving scientific prose and poetic insight. -- Author of Songs of the Fluteplayer: Seasons of Life in the Southwest
Tony Hillerman
Susan Tweit's notebook is a wonderful addition to the library of all of us who love the desert.
Robert Michael Pyle
. . .a true naturalist's notebook: shimmering with wonder, bristling with inquiry, sweaty and stickery and sandy and stained from days spent in the field. ..I thought I knew many of these plants and animals alrady, but this book reminded me that in the hands of a real naturalist and fine writer like Susan Tweitt, nature is ever fresh and ever known too much. -- Author of Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide

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