A Sand County Almanac

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Oxford University Press, Nov 15, 2001 - Nature - 192 pages
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Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac has enthralled generations of nature lovers and conservationists and is indeed revered by everyone seriously interested in protecting the natural world. Hailed for prose that is "full of beauty and vigor and bite" (The New York Times), it is perhaps the finest example of nature writing since Thoreau's Walden. Now this classic work is available in a completely redesigned and lavishly illustrated gift edition, featuring over one hundred beautiful full-color pictures by Michael Sewell, one of the country's leading nature photographers. Sewell, whose work has graced the pages of Audubon and Sierra magazines, walked Leopold's property in Wisconsin and shot these photographs specifically for this edition, allowing readers to see Sand County as Leopold saw it. The resulting layout is spectacular. But the heart of the book remains Leopold's carefully rendered observations of nature. Here we follow Leopold throughout the year, from January to December, as he walks about the rural Wisconsin landscape, watching a woodcock dance skyward in golden afternoon light, or spying a rough-legged hawk dropping like a feathered bomb on its prey. And perhaps most important are Leopold's trenchant comments throughout the book on our abuse of the land and on what we must do to preserve this invaluable treasure. This edition also includes two of Leopold's most eloquent essays on conservation, "The Land Ethic" and "Marshland Elegy." With this gift edition of A Sand County Almanac, a new generation of readers can walk beside one of America's most respected naturalists as he conveys the beauty of a marsh before sunrise or the wealth of history to be found in an ancient oak.

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Often we find game management officers who just don't get it! I don't think that it is really intentional, but our generation if full of individual who do what they want to do and may be used to only touching the surface of what is needed. Anyone who works in wildlife should have to read this fabulously poetic book! It is an eye opening book that will, or should touch the hearts of everyone! It is no secret that we are backsliding when it comes to taking care of the Earth and the Air that our Heavenly Father, Jehovah intended, Take the initiative and let the lessons in this book root deeply in your hearts and mind. Not only will the earth benefit, but so will those who love nature and the beautiful trees, plants and animals! The processes that God placed in motion were designed so that life could continue for all time. Close your eyes and find the beaut of creation! It is sad that so little of humans have any idea of the fantastic things that take place! 

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The original book is a classic. The paperback I had for years had no pictures, except those painted with my mind. Even today, I will clap my hands at my bird feeder, then wait for the chickadees.



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Michael Sewell is a widely recognized nature photographer with a long-standing relationship with the Sierra Club. A book of his photographs, Bay Area Wild: A Celebration of the Natural Heritage of the San Francisco Bay Area, was published in 1997. Kenneth Brower is a prominent environmental writer and advocate whose books include The Starship and the Canoe.

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