Most books and courses on natural history focus on the identification of one small aspect of the complex world outside our doors. We may know how to identify our neighborhood trees but not know why pine are dominant in one place and maple in another; we may notice fungus growing on a beech trunk but not know the devastating impact of blights on our forests over the centuries. Tom Wessels, who has spent more than twenty years interpreting New England's landscape and teaching others to see "the forest for the trees," argues that by coming to a fuller understanding of our home ground, we achieve a greater sense of place.
An intrepid sleuth and articulate tutor, Wessels teaches us to read a landscape the way we might solve a mystery. Each chapter addresses a form of forest disturbance common in New England--fire, logging, and blight are examples--and depicts it in an extraordinary, full-page etching. Studying Wessels's descriptions of forest scenes in conjunction with Cohen's visual portraits teaches us to identify disturbance patterns and, in turn, to take our discoveries outside and read the history written in the character of the land.
The book would have been MUCH more useful with photos.
Wessels does an excellent job of leading the reader through a historical/natural historical approach to understanding portions of the New England landscape.
There is a wealth of knowledge in this book, can seem a bit dense, but the author explains things well.
My son started reading as we opened Christmas gifts. His wife was not pleased! Odd thing, it's the first book he's willingly read.Published 2 months ago by Crankygrandma
Anyone who walks in the woods in New England will enjoy this book!Published 4 months ago by SL in Massachusetts
This is a fantastic book, it is filled with valuable information on seeing the landscape in a whole new way. I enjoyed going through the chapters and highlighted so many things. Read morePublished 10 months ago by S. Montalvo
I read the introduction and 2 chapters so far, and now I am noticing more about the forested landscape. Read morePublished 11 months ago by laquixotic
This book is absolutely great. I want to read this book over and over again because even though this book is written in an easy to read and understand tone it is impossible to take... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ben Clark