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The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature

The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature - David George Haskell

bookshelves: nonfiction, spring-2014, sciences, forest, fraudio, north-americas, published-2012, under-500-ratings, environmental-issues

Read from February 23 to March 30, 2014


The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature (Audiobook) By David George Haskell, read by Michael Healy
Unabridged edition 2014 | 9 hrs and 27 mins

Description: In this wholly original book, biologist David Haskell uses a one-square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window into 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 thousandsΓÇösometimes millionsΓÇöof 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.

Tales from the forest floor are always going to be a hit with someone who lives in the forest zillions of dark-matter atoms away from humanity and its current crazes. This month alone I have learned about anal bleaching, tongue clefting as an image enhancer, Putin's thuggery compounded, planes can go missing **POOF**, Philby was allowed to drift off and grrramazon lets reviews be used on porn sites.

I mentally got down and dirty with this book and although the critters mentioned are somewhat different, this book is set in Tennessee and I can only relate to Oxshott, Ashtead, Box Hill, back then, and Bohuslan mixed nowadays, The Forest Unseen was a beautiful slice of annual nature.

When to Read?: in spring when the vitsippa and tussilago open