The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland

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""When people connect with nature, it happens somewhere," writes Bob Pyle. "My own point of intimate contact with the land was a ditch." The High Line Canal, originally built outside of Denver as part of an ambitious plan to bring water to eastern Colorado for irrigation, became the young Pyle's place of sanctuary and play, his birthplace as a naturalist, and the inspiration for his widely quoted concept of "the extinction of experience."

An engrossing memoir and an eloquent portrait of place, The Thunder Tree ...

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Overview

""When people connect with nature, it happens somewhere," writes Bob Pyle. "My own point of intimate contact with the land was a ditch." The High Line Canal, originally built outside of Denver as part of an ambitious plan to bring water to eastern Colorado for irrigation, became the young Pyle's place of sanctuary and play, his birthplace as a naturalist, and the inspiration for his widely quoted concept of "the extinction of experience."

An engrossing memoir and an eloquent portrait of place, The Thunder Tree reveals the deep relationship between people—especially children—and the natural world. For a new generation of readers, Pyle's environmental coming-of-age story offers a powerful argument for preserving opportunities to explore nature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870716027
  • Publisher: Oregon State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 747,819
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Michael Pyle, called "one of America's finest natural history writers" by Sue Hubbell, is the author of fifteen books, including Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year, Chasing Monarchs, Where Bigfoot Walks, and Wintergreen, which won the John Burroughs Medal. A Yale-trained ecologist and a Guggenheim fellow, he lives in southwestern Washington.

Richard Louv is the author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder and chairman of the Children & Nature Network.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Richard Louv x

Prologue: Everybody's Ditch 1

Part I Lifeline 5

1 The Hailstorm 7

2 Watercourse 20

3 The Rivers of April 40

Part II Landmarks 55

4 Lilacs and Crossflowers 57

5 Magpie Days 74

6 Mile Roads 87

Part III City Limits 97

7 Snodgrass, Tatum, and Beasley 99

8 Of Grass and Growth 111

9 The Extinction of Experience 130

Part IV Still Life 143

10 Butterflies in Winter 145

11 A Grand Surprise 1594

12 The Thunder Tree 174

Epilogue: Travels in the Aftermath 189

Afterword to the 2011 Edition 199

Acknowledgments 204

Sources 207

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