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I don't remember the exact time when Nature - or some part of Nature became so important to me.
Was it a vivid sky filled with Sun and Blue Sky and Billowing Clouds (I have always like dramatic skies)???!!
Was it loving to go see the Bear that I could throw peanuts at when I was a little girl?
Was it that day in Summer Camp (I was about 5 years old) when they took us for a hike in a Forest Preserve in Chicago, IL and the Camp Counselor showed us the different plants along the path, including the Poison Ivy and how to recognize it and therefore avoid it, which I have never forgotten to this day???
Was it hiking in the Northern Peninsula of Michigan with my Family -- and we saw Bears?
But by the time I was in High School -- found the book, SILENT SPRING by Rachel Carson, read it and wrote a paper on it -- I was a confirmed environmentalist and Nature-Lover!!
That was the first Nature Writing that really made an impression on me from reading it myself (versus hearing about it from an adult).
Since then, I have read various Writings which could be considered "Nature Writings" on and off in my Life. But some have had a more profound affect on me than others. So, I decided to make a Linking Book List of those "more profound ones" and put them here on my blog (lower right sidebar).
Some are about different subjects in Nature -- or preserving it. Some I have read every word of -- some just parts of that I could really relate to.
For instance, most American children at some point in their education get introduced to one or another of Thoreau's writings -- and I did -- but it was seeing Quotes from his Essay, "Walking" in the book, HEAVEN IS UNDER OUR FEET, that reminded me of what about Thoreau's writings that I had seen, that I really felt.
Walking has been a major part of my life -- I have gotten a lot of Joy from various Walks - or Saunterings - down streets and under Trees, through Forests large and small, on Cliffs overlooking Oceans and Valleys, through Wild Fields with Birds and Road Runners and Snakes and Cottontail Rabbits with Hawks overhead.
The Books on Walks and Trails and Preserves in various places in California gave me a lot of Joy -- I was able to find some of those "hidden-away" places to go Walking or Hiking.
The Leopold books gave me knowledge and answers to questions I had on the Lands and the Wildlife -- and some concepts of what to do, as did the Books on HOTSPOTS (Biodiversity) and Forest Biodiversity from Conservation Scientists.
Every book listed below has had a definite influence on me -- so I thought I would share them in a "Linking List" on my blog, so others can find them!! Every single one of them is available somewhere online these days!!
I just hope that maybe someone who finds them - will also have Joy like I have - and maybe learn about what they can do to keep the Nature that gives so much to us!
DAY WALKS IN THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS
TRAILS OF THE ANGELES 100 HIKES IN THE SAN GABRIELS by JOHN W. ROBINSON
CALIFORNIA WILD LANDS by DWIGHT HOLING (Nature Conservancy Preserves)
HEAVEN IS UNDER OUR FEET - A Book for Walden Woods
WALKING by Henry David Thoreau
A SAND COUNTY ALMANAC by ALDO LEOPOLD
A WALK IN THE WOODS by BILL BRYSON
SUMMERS WITH THE BEARS by JACK BECKLUND
HOTSPOTS: Earth's Biologically Richest and Most Endangered Terrestrial Ecoregions by Russel A. Mittermeier et al.
WILD CALIFORNIA VANISHING LANDS VANISHING WILDLIFE by A. STARKER LEOPOLD, RAYMOND DASMAN, TUPPER ANSEL BLAKE
BOOKS I HAVE READ ABOUT -- TO READ NEXT:
CONSERVING FOREST BIODIVERSITY - DAVID B. LINDENMAYER & JERRY F. FRANKLIN
HOTSPOTS REVISITED: Earth's Biologically Richest and Most Endangered Terrestrial Ecoregions - Russel A. Mittermeier et al.
(Note: the Photographs in this blog post are taken by me, Ruth Sandra Sperling - All Rights Reserved )