The Art of Seeing Things: Essays

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Syracuse University Press, 2001 - Nature - 282 pages
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A collection of essays by noted naturalist John Burroughs in which he contemplates a wide array of topics including farming, religion, and conservation. A departure from previous John Burroughs anthologies, this volume celebrates the surprising range of his writing to include religion, philosophy, conservation, and farming. In doing so, it emphasizes the process of the literary naturalist, specifically the lively connection the author makes between perceiving nature and how perception permeates all aspects of life experiences
 

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Contents

The Art of Seeing Things
3
John Burroughs beneath rock ledge
4
Sharp Eyes
16
John Burroughs and children
20
BirdSongs
30
The Exhilarations of the Road
39
The Bluebird
49
John Burroughs looking at birdhouse
51
From The Animal and the PuzzleBox
143
From Under the Apple Trees
151
Reading the Book of Nature
164
John Burroughs and child with magnifying glass
167
The Spring Bird Procession
171
The Ways of Sportsmen
181
Emerson and the Pine Tree
187
A Study
193

Speckled Trout
56
The Crow
73
Phases of Farm Life
79
John Burroughs with hoe
82
A Walk in the Fields
95
John Burroughs weeding
101
From In Green Alaska
105
John Burroughs and John Muir at Muir Glacier
107
A Hunt for the Nightingale
114
The Grist of the Gods
135
John Burroughs with magnifying glass
136
John Burroughs and dog at waterfall
195
An Egotistical Chapter
209
The Faith of a Naturalist
221
John Burroughs in field looking at hawk in sky
224
An Outlook upon Life
232
Wild Life about My Cabin
245
John Burroughs inside Slabsides
249
From My Boyhood
260
Waiting
277
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About the author (2001)

JOHN BURROUGHS, USAF, Ret., served twenty-seven years in active and reserve duty in the US Air Force. He is the co-author of" Encounter in Rendlesham Forest." He is currently a lecturer and presenter on the Rendlesham Forest Incident and other related events.

Walker is a professor of English and women's studies at the State University of New York College at Oneonta, where she teaches courses in nature and literature.

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