The Shores and Woods of Wisconsin's Door Peninsula
JOURNEYS IN GREEN PLACES
By VIRGINIA S. EIFERT
First published in 1963, rewritten and content added in 2013.
Illustrated with 40 photographs and 78 drawings and maps by the author.
Nature writing at its best by one of the Midwest�s finest! Set in the Door Peninsula of Wisconsin�a narrow, tapering, ninety miles long finger of rock, sand and forest thrusting northward between Lake Michigan and Green Bay. Here are rugged bluffs, dunes, ridges, beaches, woods, and cherry orchards. It is a magical area for the naturalist, varied and unique, particularly in the Ridges sanctuary where the splendid wildflowers have drawn botanists from many parts of the world. Written in the 1960�s, this is a vivid and passionate exploration of a beautiful landscape still entrusted to some of the original homesteaders and fishermen - before tourists found this singular place.
Beginning with the end of the Ice Age, the author tells the exciting story of how this land once lay two miles deep under ice and was, through the ages, slowly transformed by a great springtime resurrection of growth to become the placid, sunny landscape of today. The area thus becomes a living book of ecology for the northern United States and Canada as well.
But it is more than this, for Virginia Eifert has succeeded in conveying to the reader her deep sense of wonder and affection for the individual plants and flowers of this place, and her excitement at the discoveries and adventures in this natural paradise. It�s a good read, mainly because Eifert writes with human prose for the nature-lover, not the scientifically-burdened scholar. Her discovery of this magical landscape will become yours as well.
As Virginia writes in her introduction: To find the unexpected in a world of the expected, to come upon a secluded corner of the past maintaining itself with an exquisite obedience to old laws, to know the sound of lake waves, the sweep of wind, the brilliance of sky, the calling of birds, is to open a door to a peculiar sense of awareness and fulfillment. To find all this in a water-rimmed area is an added pleasure, for there is a keen delight in bodies of land which are almost or entirely circled by water. Thoreau knew this feeling of intimacy with his surroundings when he said: "I have, as it were, my own sun and moon and stars, and a little world all to myself."
Added to the book is the original diary Virginia published after her first week spent at the Clearing under the guidance of Rutherford Platt, a noted arctic explorer and naturalist of the time. This booklet was published in the late 1950�s and shows the initial creative spark and direct lineage of Journeys In Green Places which came six years later. It�s a fascinating view into the inner creative process of a writer and artist that has been called one of the finest short-story writers the Midwest has ever produced.
Virginia S. Eifert may have lived her entire life in Springfield, Illinois, but her passions took her much farther, traveling and learning about North America's natural and human history on a much broader scale. Born in 1911, she was ill through much of high school and never attained a high school diploma. Instead, she began journaling, learning nature on an intimate level, then developing a 'nature news' publication that she distributed around her neighborhood. Soon she was asked to write in this same style for one of the largest newspapers in Illinois, and by the time she was 19 she was asked to create, write, illustrate and edit a monthly magazine for the Illinois State Museum. She continued with this effort for 326 issues until 1966 and her early death at age 55. It seemed Virginia knew she had little time. In 1954, she published her first major book for a New York publisher, Dodd Mead, and went on to write 19 more, winning several national awards in the process.
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