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.
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 2 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 3 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 4 months ago by Ben Clark
IT HAD ALOT OF INFORMATION I DIDN'T KNOW. IT HELPED ME TO IDENTIFY STONE WALLS, STUMPS , NEW GROWTH, ETC. Read morePublished 4 months ago by laurie logan
All throughout the year I spend as much time as possible in the woods of Vermont where I live, and this book has been a great help in interpreting and understanding the forest. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Eusebius
I found this book fascinating. It has helped me to look at the landscape from a completely different point of view. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Thomas Kelsey
This is like a detective novel, but looking for clues in the engravings that start each chapter. I can imagine walking through a forest and being able to discern, from the visual... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Colby
This is a good book, but in the interest of science, I must say Wessels makes one most unscientific assertion. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lawrence Meyer