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Naturally Curious: A Photographic Field Guide and Month-By-Month Journey Through the Fields, Woods, and Marshes of New England Paperback – October 15, 2010
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Holland (Milkweed Visitors), a naturalist and wildlife photographer, has an oddball vision of nature that is both informative and entertaining. Her description of her home, where she stores beaver castor glands in her freezer and has a fecal bear plug on display in her living room, prepares the reader for a book that includes pictures of penile bones and other oddities—as well as plenty of natural beauty. Nearly 1,000 color photographs should help the newbie naturalists learn what to look for and where to find it. Readers will delight in images of a newt and spring peeper attempting to mate; remarkably vibrant robins eggs in a nest; and a loon chick swallowing a fish whole. Though Holland begins her calendar year in March, the start of the mating season as dictated by her Vermont home-base, she provides a simple algorithm for readers to adjust according to latitude. Months are color-coded and organized around species; amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, insects & arachnids give way to plants, and the detail provided about each group is astounding. For Holland and her readers, treasures abound. Photos. (Oct.)
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What a wonderful book! It’s a guided tour of the noteworthy natural happenings of each month, tying together everything from maples to mayflies to moose." David Sibley, author, The Sibley Guide to Birds and The Sibley Guide to Trees
"Naturally Curious is a top-shelf book I’ll reach for often. If the camera had been invented in Thoreau’s day, this is the book he would have created himself.” W. D. Wetherell, author, The Smithsonian Guide to Natural America
"Naturally Curious will undoubtedly compel many readers to go outside at any time of year to see in nature what Ms. Holland so deftly explains in her book. It is filled with useful information, whether you are a skilled naturalist or someone just beginning to know and love nature." Laura Johnson, president, Massachusetts Audubon Society
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This work is an opus of transportive vistas to the natural world that we are both so close to and so distant from. In that regard, I found myself thinking of this work as more of a guidebook to a world many of us have overlooked or as an 'English to Nature' dictionary.
The first copy I ordered is going abroad as a gift to a good friend who just moved from New England to London for work and misses the New England wildlife, while the second is for my own enjoyment (more will likely be coming in the holiday month).
Along with beautiful and remarkable pictures, the book follows a monthly theme and works to capture the most important seasonal aspects for different species. One can easily flip to any page for a brief foray into the natural world, or spend hours starting in the opening 'March' section of Fisher Cat tracks in the spring snow and the plump, emerging Skunk Cabbage and then follow the teeming crescendo of life through the warming Spring months and into summer and beyond.
This is a remarkable collection from a lifetime of patient and open observation of a world many of us feel increasingly distant from. Perfect for those curious by nature.
Having moved to New England a couple of years ago, I found there was so much I wanted to know more about during my frequent walks in the woods. This book answers every question, and more, with beautiful photographs to illustrate and fascinating detail that takes the reader to a new depth of understanding nature.
I think, however, what this book has done for me more than anything else, is deepen my connection to this incredible land and it's inhabitants, giving me a new respect and gratitude for the place that I call home, a home I share with bountiful flora and fauna.
Taking the book with me into the woods, my walks have now become an adventure and education and I love that it is organized into months, so you can easily look something up depending on the time of year.
This will make a great gift for anyone interested in nature.
Thank you Mary Holland!
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