Shaped by Wind and Water: Reflections of a Naturalist

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Known for her observant and beautifully illustrated books on the rivers, deserts, and mountains of the West, Ann Haymond Zwinger focuses here on her guiding principles as a naturalist as she "looks" with notebook and pencil, believing that "to know the world intimately is the beginning of caring."

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Known for beautifully observed and illustrated books about the rivers, deserts and mountains of the West, Ann Haymond Zwinger here focuses on the guiding principle of her life as ... a naturalist. Even as she writes, she "looks" with a notebook and pencil, believing that "to know the world intimately is the beginning of caring." The author moves from details to the larger patterns that link them to the entire world, finding in the filaments of mushrooms access to the essential connectedness of life. As artist, writer, and naturalist, she feels that her responsibility is to create a link between scientific natural history and the reader who can learn to love the land. 160 pages, including works cited. Remainder marks on top of pages - two short black lines. 8vo - over 7?" - 9?" tall. Read more Show Less

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Known for her observant and beautifully illustrated books on the rivers, deserts, and mountains of the West, Ann Haymond Zwinger focuses here on her guiding principles as a naturalist as she "looks" with notebook and pencil, believing that "to know the world intimately is the beginning of caring."

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The Credo series offers contemporary American writers the opportunity to discuss their essential goals, concerns, and practices. To examine her work, Colorado naturalist Zwinger (The Nearsighted Naturalist) spent a week at a retreat for women writers. The short book that resulted is divided into seven parts, each representing a morning of her week in Puget Sound. She admits to a discomfort with introspection and a preference for natural-history writing, which dictates an outward focus, not an inward one, and her uneasiness continually hampers her narration. Any attempt at self-analysis quickly lapses into the factual jargon of the scientist, presenting details of mundane mornings, observations of surroundings, and facts about the flora and fauna. Her paragraphs move from one subject to another in a hodgepodge style, lacking continuity or harmony. Series editor Scott Slovic concludes this volume with a lengthy biographical portrait of Zwinger and a bibliography of works by and about her. While this book may appeal to her ardent fans, it offers little attraction to others. Ilse Heidmann, San Marcos, TX Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781571312402
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Series: Credo Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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