During a dusty Midwestern drought, Cathy Johnson stumbled upon a cool, limpid pond in northwestern Missouri and fell in love. Scraping together their savings, she and her late husband bought the pond and the surrounding 18 acres of land—a “naturalist’s playground,” as she describes it.
In this richly detailed account, Johnson introduces us to the timid white-tailed deer, iridescent blue dragonflies, velvety meadows, deep, quiet old-growth woods, and steep limestone and loess hills carved by prehistoric rivers or piled high by receding glaciers.
Gradually overcome with a long-held desire to build her own cabin in the woods, Johnson decided to raise a small structure that fits the landscape hand-in-glove, where she could retreat to observe the astounding beauty of the wilderness.
Filled with fascinating geology and natural history, this intriguing narrative will inspire you to see beauty and adventure in the great outdoors wherever you are–and to put the foundations under your own dream.
Readers interested in related titles from Cathy A. Johnson will also want to see: On Becoming Lost (ISBN: 9781635615609), The Nocturnal Naturalist (ISBN: 9781635615647), Painting Nature's Details in Watercolor (ISBN: 9781635615654).
|Publisher:||Echo Point Books & Media|
|Edition description:||Reprint ed.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)|
About the Author
She has written and illustrated many books, and contributed to a number of others, working with a variety of national publishing houses.
In 1993, she founded her own small publishing company, Graphics/Fine Arts Press, which primarily offers books of interest to the reenacting community or others interested in history and material culture.
She has been a longtime member of the Author's Guild. She was chosen Conservation Communicator of the Year by the Burroughs Audubon Society in l987, and won the Thorpe Menn Award for Creative Writing (AAUW) for The Naturalist's Cabin: Constructing the Dream (Viking Penguin) in 1992.
Cathy teaches a number of self-directed mini-classes on her website, http://cathyjohnson.info. She also offers a number of free tutorial videos on YouTube; visit https://www.youtube.com/user/KateJosTube.