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img630 img631This 2007 book  Wild Yosemite is a collection of various authors’ writings on the “Yosemite Experience” and the reflections of these writers are very readable.

It makes you want to follow in the writer’s footsteps and discover the Yosemite’s nature for yourself. The only quip I have with the book are the comments by the great American naturalist and scholar Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882). They are quoted in the book with only a few lines and the promised writings really are not there, perhaps the editor Susan Neider was under budget or time restraints, but the absence of Emerson puts a dent into my experience reading the book. Nicely put together for those who do not want to research the topic themselves.

A different type of experience and discussion, can be found in this older book published in 1985 The Flamingo’s Smile by Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002). You can actually read chapters from back to front or starting in the middle and still not loose sight of the entire book. It goes beyond nature and biology and touches upon philosophy.

 img632img633If you like one subject matter in a book written in depth, this wonderful book Swampwalker’s Journal  by David M.Carroll  deserves every bit of publicity.

img787The book was awarded a well deserved John Burroughs Medal.

John Burroughs (1837-1921) was a contemporary of John Muir, as well as, Ralph Waldo Emerson. The prestigious John Burroughs Medal is probably the most recognized award in the field for any writing relating to natural history, awarded yearly by the John Burroughs Association.

img788img789img790The detailed illustrations are magnificent and the author succeeds in transferring his love for that aspect of our environment to the reader.

img822I am ready for a walk, that living now experience.