The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Natureby David George Haskell
In this wholly original book, biologist David Haskell uses a one- square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window onto the entire natural world. Visiting it almost daily for one year to trace nature's path through the seasons, he brings the forest and its/b>
A biologist reveals the secret world hidden in a single square meter of forest.
In this wholly original book, biologist David Haskell uses a one- square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window onto the entire natural world. Visiting it almost daily for one year to trace nature's path through the seasons, he brings the forest and its inhabitants to vivid life.
Each of this book's short chapters begins with a simple observation: a salamander scuttling across the leaf litter; the first blossom of spring wildflowers. From these, Haskell spins a brilliant web of biology and ecology, explaining the science that binds together the tiniest microbes and the largest mammals and describing the ecosystems that have cycled for thousands- sometimes millions-of years. Each visit to the forest presents a nature story in miniature as Haskell elegantly teases out the intricate relationships that order the creatures and plants that call it home.
Written with remarkable grace and empathy, The Forest Unseen is a grand tour of nature in all its profundity. Haskell is a perfect guide into the world that exists beneath our feet and beyond our backyards.
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David Haskell is a professor of biology at the University of the South and was named the Carnegie-CASE professor of the year in Tennessee in 2009. In addition to his scholarly work, he has published essays and poetry. He lives with his wife in Sewanee, Tennessee.
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I am always fascinated with the complexity of nature of which we are unaware. This book provided so much information of which I was previously ignorant. It is a great book
I think this book will stand the test of time as one of the true classics in nature writing. The author not only discusses with absolutely beautiful writing the natural history of a small patch of old growth forest in South Carolina, but he also ties everything together majestically, showing how intricate the web of life is and how all it's components affect all of it's others. Rarely have I felt this awed and amazed at the natural life of soil and leaf litter nor have I felt so humbled by man's place in the natural order. All this the author achieves with utmost beauty and poetry. A very remarkable book, one which I would recommend without reservation to anyone with an interest or passion for the natural world.
I was so excited to read this book about the natural world near my hometown, but was stunned to read his supposedly eyewitness account of maple seeds helicoptering down in October. Every child knows they drop in spring. Or ask anyone with a gutter. Then there is the account of an earthquake registering 4.9 on the Richter scale. An easy search at the USGS shows no such event happened. The closer one looks at the book, the more problematic it becomes. The two tall tales described above are inexcusable. What problems, one wonders, are in the more complex passages that are more difficult to check?
I haven't finished it yet. It is a book to savor. It may end up a five star.