nature writing

Books: Turning Homeward, and Knocking On Heaven's Door

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Today, in typical spring-in-the-Rockies fashion, the weather pivoted 180 degrees from yesterday's sixty-five and sunny, into freezing rain, mist, sleet, snow, and then steady rain again. When I walked to the Post Office just a few minutes ago, the temperature was hovering just above freezing, and the cloud-blanket was beginning to clear, revealing new snow on the hillsides just above town. 

America's Spectacular National Parks

Imagine yourself taking in the stunning scenery and magnificent natural features of California's Yosemite National Park. Marvel at the panoramic view of the glacier-carved canyon from Inspiration Point. Applaud the thunder of springtime ice and melting snow cascading over Yosemite Falls. Feel mesmerized by the mist rising off the Merced River. Drink in the scent of morning dew. Retire from the hot sun to walk among the shadows of Giant Sequoias in Mariposa Grove.

Close to Home: Colorado's Urban Wildlife

From my essay "The Urban Forest":

" heard a chain-saw engine snarl the other morning and knew without going outside to look that the sound heralded the end for the big old silver maple at the corner. The large blue X spray-painted on its silvery trunk meant that the Boulder city forester's crew had given it the death sentence. It's once-graceful limbs were hollow and broken, the rot-brown innards revealed by gaping holes. The tree had become a liability rather than an asset. 

Voices from a Sacred Place

A call to preserve America's only National Monument devoted to prehistoric rock art, with contributions from writers throughout the region, including John Nichols, Steven Trimble, Polly Schaafsma, Kate Horsely, Gregory McNamee, and Susan Tweit. 

From my essay, "Of Cathedrals and Petroglyphs":

American Nature Writing: 1999

The beginning of my essay, "Sanctuary," about Dripping Springs Natural Area near Las Cruces, New Mexico, and excerpted from my memoir of life in the Chihuahuan Desert, Barren, Wild & Worthless:

On the first of April in 1918, Robert Lewis Cabe boarded a train in tiny Hampton, Arkansas, bound for Crossett to see a doctor at Crossett Hospital. Reverend Cabe, a circuit-riding Methodist preacher, had been ill for months. His parishioners, concerned about his deteriorating health, had taken up a collection to pay for a two-month recuperative vacation. 

The Search for a Common Language

This major gathering of writers on the environment will be a valuable contribution to environmental studies and to environmental education. It is extremely well written and well organized. Its inclusiveness across disciplines, and its intelligent focus on environmental education may well help improve the field and shape subsequent publication. -Terrell Dixon, editor of City Wilds: Essays and Stories about Urban Nature


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