book, Conservation, David M. Carroll author, education, family, John Burroughs, John Muir, Natural History, Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Stephen Jay Gould author, Susan M. Neider Editor, Swampwaker's Journal title, The Flamingo's Smile title, Wild Yosemite title
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.
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.