Following the Water: A Hydromancer's Notebook (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009 - Nature - 186 pages
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The writer, naturalist, and artist David Carroll illuminates the ecology and life histories of his "mud people"?the tree frogs, hawks, foxes, and the increasingly rare wood and spotted turtles he has been tracking for decades?with the precision and passion that won him a 2006 MacArthur "genius" award.

Following theWater is the intensely observed chronicle of Carroll's annual March-to-November wetlands immersion?from the joy of the first turtle sighting in March to the gorgeously described, vibrant trilling of tree frogs ("lichen with eyes") in late May to the ancient sense of love and loss Carroll experiences each autumn when it is time once again to part with open water.

Illustrated with the author's fine pen-and-ink drawings, Following theWater is a gorgeous evocation of nature, an utterly unique "admission ticket to a secret corner of the world" (Bill McKibben).


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Review: Following the Water: A Hydromancer's Notebook

User Review  - Kim - Goodreads

Very lovely prose-Mr. Carroll has a way with words. But he didn't include alot of scientific information about the birds, turtles and frogs that he writes about. I would have liked to have more substance. Read full review

Review: Following the Water: A Hydromancer's Notebook

User Review  - Anna - Goodreads

Loved the drawings but disliked the book. I was disturbed by the number of turtles that lost legs or parts of them. I hasten to add that wasn't why I didn't like the book - I just really didn't get it. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

DAVID M. CARROLL is the author of The Year of the Turtle, Trout Reflections, Self-Portrait with Turtles, and Swampwalker's Journal, which won the prestigious John Burroughs Medal. In 2006 he won a MacArthur "genius" award for his work as a writer, artist, and naturalist. Carroll has been featured on Today (where he reached down into swampy water, miraculously pulled up a turtle he knew, and told her history), in numerous newspapers and magazines, and in the most popular documentary in the history of New Hampshire public television. He is an active lecturer and consultant to conservation institutions throughout New England.

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