The Wild Places

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Author: Robert Macfarlane

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440638657

Category: Nature

Page: 352

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?An eloquent (and compulsively readable) reminder that, though we?re laying waste the world, nature still holds sway over much of the earth?s surface.? ?Bill McKibben Are there any genuinely wild places left in Britain and Ireland? That is the question that Robert Macfarlane poses to himself as he embarks on a series of breathtaking journeys through some of the archipelago?s most remarkable landscapes. He climbs, walks, and swims by day and spends his nights sleeping on cliff-tops and in ancient meadows and wildwoods. With elegance and passion he entwines history, memory, and landscape in a bewitching evocation of wildness and its vital importance. A unique travelogue that will intrigue readers of natural history and adventure, The Wild Places solidifies Macfarlane?s reputation as a young writer to watch.

The Wild Places

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Author: Robert Macfarlane

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780143113935

Category: Nature

Page: 340

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Explores the changing ideas of the wild in Great Britain and Ireland, from the cliffs of Cape Wrath and the storm-beaches of Norfolk to the saltmarshes and estuaries of Essex and the moors of Rannoch and the Pennines.

Wild Places

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Author: Robert MacFarlane

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 1847081592

Category: Nature

Page: 352

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The Wild Places is both an intellectual and a physical journey, and Macfarlane travels in time as well as space. Guided by monks, questers, scientists, philosophers, poets and artists, both living and dead, he explores our changing ideas of the wild. From the cliffs of Cape Wrath to the holloways of Dorset, the storm-beaches of Norfolk, the salt marshes and estuaries of Essex and the moors of Rannoch and the Pennines, his journeys become the conductors of people and cultures, past and present, who have had intense relationships with these places. Certain birds, animals, trees and objects – snow-hares, falcons, beeches, crows, suns, white stones – recur, and as it progresses this densely patterned book begins to bind tighter and tighter. At once a wonder voyage, an adventure story, an exercise in visionary cartography, and a work of natural history, The Wild Places is written in a style and a form as unusual as the places with which it is concerned. It also tells the story of a friendship, and of a loss. It mixes history, memory and landscape in a strange and beautiful evocation of wildness and its vital importance.

The Back of Beyond

Travels to the Wild Places of the Earth

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Author: David Yeadon

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780060922740

Category: Travel

Page: 449

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An author of travel guides describes his experiences in thirteen "wild places"--little-known spots that are often inaccessible, frequently inhospitable, and rarely reached by tour groups

Wild Thoughts from Wild Places

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Author: David Quammen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439125279

Category: Nature

Page: 304

View: 1886

In Wild Thoughts from Wild Places, award-winning journalist David Quammen reminds us why he has become one of our most beloved science and nature writers. This collection of twenty-three of Quammen's most intriguing, most exciting, most memorable pieces takes us to meet kayakers on the Futaleufu River of southern Chile, where Quammen describes how it feels to travel in fast company and flail for survival in the river's maw. We are introduced to the commerce in pearls (and black-market parrots) in the Aru Islands of eastern Indonesia. Quammen even finds wildness in smog-choked Los Angeles -- embodied in an elusive population of urban coyotes, too stubborn and too clever to surrender to the sprawl of civilization. With humor and intelligence, David Quammen's Wild Thoughts from Wild Places also reminds us that humans are just one of the many species on earth with motivations, goals, quirks, and eccentricities. Expect to be entertained and moved on this journey through the wilds of science and nature.

Scotland

The Wild Places

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Author: Colin Prior

Publisher: Constable Limited

ISBN: 9781841193151

Category: Travel

Page: 192

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This collection of panoramic images from award-winning photographer Colin Prior offers a unique visual record of Scotland's wild places. The stunning images take as their starting point the solstices of mid-summer and mid-winter, when the sun lies furthest from the celestial equator, and autumnal and vernal equinoxes, when the sun crosses the celestial equator. Each seasonal shift in the position of sunrise and sunset results in an otherworldly transformation of the landscape. Using a special panoramic camera, and often shooting at the magical hours of dusk and dawn, he captures those rare moments when composition, light, and color combine to extraordinary effect.

The wild places

a photographic celebration of unspoiled America

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Author: Milton Rugoff

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 258

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Wild Things, Wild Places

Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth

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Author: Jane Alexander

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 0385354363

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 330

View: 1895

A moving, inspiring, personal look at the vastly changing world of wildlife on planet earth as a result of human incursion, and the crucial work of animal and bird preservation across the globe being done by scientists, field biologists, zoologists, environmentalists, and conservationists. From a longtime, much-admired activist, impassioned wildlife proponent and conservationist, former chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts, four time Academy Award nominee, and Tony Award and two-time Emmy Award-winning actress. In Wild Things, Wild Places, Jane Alexander movingly, with a clear eye and a knowing, keen grasp of the issues and on what is being done in conservation and the worlds of science to help the planet's most endangered species to stay alive and thrive, writes of her steady and fervent immersion into the worlds of wildlife conservation, of her coming to know the scientists throughout the world--to her, the prophets in the wilderness--who are steeped in this work, of her travels with them--and on her own--to the most remote and forbidding areas of the world as they try to save many species, including ourselves.

All the Wild and Lonely Places

Journeys In A Desert Landscape

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Author: Lawrence Hogue

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781597263368

Category: Nature

Page: 256

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"All the wild and lonely places, the mountain springs are called now. They were not lonely or wild places in the past days. They were the homes of my people." --Chief Francisco Patencio, the Cahuilla of Palm Springs The Anza-Borrego Desert on California's southern border is a remote and harsh landscape, what author Lawrence Hogue calls "a land of dreams and nightmares, where the waking world meets the fantastic shapes and bent forms of imagination." In a country so sere and rugged, it's easy to imagine that no one has ever set foot there -- a wilderness waiting to be explored. Yet for thousands of years, the land was home to the Cahuilla and Kumeyaay Indians, who, far from being the "noble savages" of European imagination, served as active caretakers of the land that sustained them, changing it in countless ways and adapting it to their own needs as they adapted to it.In All the Wild and Lonely Places, Lawrence Hogue offers a thoughtful and evocative portrait of Anza-Borrego and of the people who have lived there, both original inhabitants and Spanish and American newcomers -- soldiers, Forty-Niners, cowboys, canal-builders, naturalists, recreationists, and restorationists. We follow along with the author on a series of excursions into the desert, each time learning more about the region's history and why it calls into question deeply held beliefs about "untouched" nature. And we join him in considering the implications of those revelations for how we think about the land that surrounds us, and how we use and care for that land."We could persist in seeing the desert as an emptiness, a place hostile to humans, a pristine wilderness," Hogue writes. "But it's better to see this as a place where ancient peoples tried to make their homes, and succeeded. We can learn from what they did here, and use that knowledge to reinvigorate our concept of wildness. Humans are part of nature; it's still nature, even when we change it."

Dreaming of Lions

My Life in the Wild Places

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Author: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603586857

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has spent a lifetime observing other creatures and other cultures, from her own backyard to the African savannah. Her books have transported millions of readers into the hidden lives of animals—from dogs and cats to deer and lions. She’s chronicled the daily lives of African tribes, and even imagined the lives of prehistoric humans. She illuminates unknown worlds like no other. Now, she opens the doors to her own. Dreaming of Lions traces Thomas’s life from her earliest days, including when, as a young woman in the 1950s, she and her family packed up and left for the Kalahari Desert to study the Ju/Wa Bushmen. The world’s understanding of African tribal cultures has never been the same since. Nor has Thomas, as the experience taught her not only how to observe, but also how to navigate in male-dominated fields like anthropology and animal science and do what she cared about most: spending time with animals and people in wild places, and relishing the people and animals around her at home. Readers join Thomas as she returns to Africa, after college and marriage, with her two young children, ending up in the turmoil leading to Idi Amin’s bloody coup. She invites us into her family life, her writing, and her fascination with animals—from elephants in Namibia, to dogs in her kitchen, or cougars outside her New England farmhouse. She also recounts her personal struggles, writing about her own life with the same kind of fierce honesty that she applies to the world around her, and delivering a memoir that not only shares tremendous insights, but also provides tremendous inspiration. Dreaming of Lions, originally published in hardcover as A Million Years With You, is slightly updated and includes a powerful new afterword by the author.

Islands of fire, islands of spice

exploring the wild places of Indonesia

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Author: Richard Bangs,Christian Kallen

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: N.A

Category: Travel

Page: 226

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From cities to rain forests, the vast cultural and environmental diversity of the world's fifth largest nation is captured in one volume

The Great Animal Orchestra

Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places

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Author: Bernie Krause

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316192392

Category: Nature

Page: 288

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Musician and naturalist Bernie Krause is one of the world's leading experts in natural sound, and he's spent his life discovering and recording nature's rich chorus. Searching far beyond our modern world's honking horns and buzzing machinery, he has sought out the truly wild places that remain, where natural soundscapes exist virtually unchanged from when the earliest humans first inhabited the earth. Krause shares fascinating insight into how deeply animals rely on their aural habitat to survive and the damaging effects of extraneous noise on the delicate balance between predator and prey. But natural soundscapes aren't vital only to the animal kingdom; Krause explores how the myriad voices and rhythms of the natural world formed a basis from which our own musical expression emerged. From snapping shrimp, popping viruses, and the songs of humpback whales-whose voices, if unimpeded, could circle the earth in hours-to cracking glaciers, bubbling streams, and the roar of intense storms; from melody-singing birds to the organlike drone of wind blowing over reeds, the sounds Krause has experienced and describes are like no others. And from recording jaguars at night in the Amazon rain forest to encountering mountain gorillas in Africa's Virunga Mountains, Krause offers an intense and intensely personal narrative of the planet's deep and connected natural sounds and rhythm. The Great Animal Orchestra is the story of one man's pursuit of natural music in its purest form, and an impassioned case for the conservation of one of our most overlooked natural resources-the music of the wild.

The Wild Water Mystery at Niagara Falls

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Author: Carole Marsh

Publisher: Gallopade International

ISBN: 0635073439

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 160

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One blushing bride! One fantastic Ferris Wheel! A daring daredevil! One crazy cat! And water, water, everywhere! It's wet... it's loud... it's enormous! It's Niagara Falls! Grant and Christina can't wait to go on another trip with their grandparents Mimi and Papa. Mimi writes mysteries...and mystery never fails to follow the kids wherever they go... including this wild and wonderful place! Along with new friends Allison and David, Grant and Christina spy b-b-bouncing barrels... discover a secret room... visit a famous fort... ride a Ferris wheel (Whee!!!)... learn about locks... and solve a soggy mystery! Loook ouuut! There's another barrel coming down the falls! But what's in it? Hey-don't forget your raincoat! You're going to get WET!!! LOOK what's in this mystery - people, places, history, and more! Daredevils that have tried to beat the falls in barrels: The Great Blondin - Annie Taylor - Dave Munday ¥ Fort George: buildings and their uses, weapons used, uniforms worn by British ¥ "Raid of the Mist" - Facts and folklore ¥ The Underground Railroad ¥ The War of 1812 - Historical Facts ¥ Laura Secord, Chocolate Lady and Canadian hero ¥ Francis Abbot ¥ Whirlpools ¥ Niagara Falls, both the Horseshoe Falls and the American Falls ¥ Kingsbridge Park ¥ Niagara Falls Daredevil Gallery ¥ Fort George - Parade Ground - Powder Magazine ¥ Newspaper Museum ¥ Loof Menagerie Carousel at Lakeside Park on Lake Ontario in Old Port Dalhousie ¥ Brick City ¥ Puddicombe Estate Farms and Winery ¥ Sir Adam Beck Generating Station and Station #2 ¥ Lock 3 viewing platform at the Welland Canals ¥ Bridal Veil Falls and the Cave of the Winds ¥ Journey behind the Falls ¥ Butterfly Conservatory in the Niagara Parks Botanical Garden ¥ Clifton Hill District - Niagara Sky Ferris Wheel. Like all of Carole Marsh Mysteries, this mystery incorporates history, geography, culture and cliffhanger chapters that will keep kids begging for more! This mystery includes SAT words, educational facts, fun and humor, built-in book club and activities. Below is the Reading Levels Guide for this book: Grade Levels: 3-6 Accelerated Reader Reading Level: 4.7 Accelerated Reader Points: 2 Accelerated Reader Quiz Number: 129391 Lexile Measure: 780 Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Level: Q Developmental Assessment Level: 40

Ivory, Apes and Peacocks

Animals, Adventure and Discovery in the Wild Places of Africa

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Author: Alan Root

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0099555883

Category: Africa, East

Page: 336

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In this extraordinary memoir we look at Africa's wonders through the eyes of a visionary, live through hair-raising adventure and personal sorrow, and also bear witness to a natural world now largely lost from view.

The Old Ways

A Journey on Foot

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Author: Robert Macfarlane

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101601078

Category: Nature

Page: 448

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From the acclaimed author of The Wild Places, an exploration of walking and thinking In this exquisitely written book, Robert Macfarlane sets off from his Cambridge, England, home to follow the ancient tracks, holloways, drove roads, and sea paths that crisscross both the British landscape and its waters and territories beyond. The result is an immersive, enthralling exploration of the ghosts and voices that haunt old paths, of the stories our tracks keep and tell, and of pilgrimage and ritual. Told in Macfarlane’s distinctive voice, The Old Ways folds together natural history, cartography, geology, archaeology and literature. His walks take him from the chalk downs of England to the bird islands of the Scottish northwest, from Palestine to the sacred landscapes of Spain and the Himalayas. Along the way he crosses paths with walkers of many kinds—wanderers, pilgrims, guides, and artists. Above all this is a book about walking as a journey inward and the subtle ways we are shaped by the landscapes through which we move. Macfarlane discovers that paths offer not just a means of traversing space, but of feeling, knowing, and thinking.

For the Wild Places

Profiles In Conservation

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Author: Janet Trowbridge Bohlen

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781610913997

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 228

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For the Wild Places profiles five of the unsung heroes of the new discipline of conservation biology -- the front-line soldiers of the conservation movement who have dedicated their lives to saving endangered species and habitats. In addition to describing the day-to-day activities of the scientists, author Janet Bohlen explores the wider issues that are ultimately responsible for the success or failure of conservation efforts. In the course of her travels, she came to appreciate the complex interaction of local and global needs, and the reality of the political and social context in which all such efforts take place. In describing the scientists, their lives, and their work, she effectively conveys the fundamental importance and ever-present challenge of a life devoted to protecting the environment.

The Last Wild Places of Kansas

Journeys Into Hidden Landscapes

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Author: George Frazier

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780700624829

Category: History

Page: 232

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A deep travelogue that chronicles the author's nine year journey to discover the last "wild places" of Kansas; places that new generations of explorers rediscover century after century, some of which are impossible to find on maps, hidden behind barbed wire on private property, and magnificently bereft of anything beneficial to 99.9% of modern America.

Keeping the Wild

Against the Domestication of Earth

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Author: George Wuerthner

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1610915593

Category: Nature

Page: 248

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Is it time to embrace the so-called “Anthropocene”—the age of human dominion—and to abandon tried-and-true conservation tools such as parks and wilderness areas? Is the future of Earth to be fully domesticated, an engineered global garden managed by technocrats to serve humanity? The schism between advocates of rewilding and those who accept and even celebrate a “post-wild” world is arguably the hottest intellectual battle in contemporary conservation. In Keeping the Wild, a group of prominent scientists, writers, and conservation activists responds to the Anthropocene-boosters who claim that wild nature is no more (or in any case not much worth caring about), that human-caused extinction is acceptable, and that “novel ecosystems” are an adequate replacement for natural landscapes. With rhetorical fists swinging, the book’s contributors argue that these “new environmentalists” embody the hubris of the managerial mindset and offer a conservation strategy that will fail to protect life in all its buzzing, blossoming diversity. With essays from Eileen Crist, David Ehrenfeld, Dave Foreman, Lisi Krall, Harvey Locke, Curt Meine, Kathleen Dean Moore, Michael Soulé, Terry Tempest Williams and other leading thinkers, Keeping the Wild provides an introduction to this important debate, a critique of the Anthropocene boosters’ attack on traditional conservation, and unapologetic advocacy for wild nature.

Mountains of the Mind

Adventures in Reaching the Summit

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Author: Robert Macfarlane

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 030753863X

Category: Nature

Page: 324

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Combining accounts of legendary mountain ascents with vivid descriptions of his own forays into wild, high landscapes, Robert McFarlane reveals how the mystery of the world’s highest places has came to grip the Western imagination—and perennially draws legions of adventurers up the most perilous slopes. His story begins three centuries ago, when mountains were feared as the forbidding abodes of dragons and other mysterious beasts. In the mid-1700s the attentions of both science and poetry sparked a passion for mountains; Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Lord Byron extolled the sublime experiences to be had on high; and by 1924 the death on Mt Everest of an Englishman named George Mallory came to symbolize the heroic ideals of his day. Macfarlane also reflects on fear, risk, and the shattering beauty of ice and snow, the competition and contemplation of the climb, and the strange alternate reality of high altitude, magically enveloping us in the allure of mountains at every level.

John Muir

The Scotsman who saved America's wild places

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Author: Mary Colwell

Publisher: Lion Books

ISBN: 074595667X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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John Muir founded the US National Parks and is a towering figure in the history of that country's involvement with ecology, yet he was born into a harsh home in Dunbar, Scotland. There he would often escape his father and his father's punishments, to revel in the birds and beasts of the area. When the family was suddenly uprooted by the father and moved to the States, Muir's oppressive childhood continued - and so did his involvement iwth the natural world. A man of great joy, he grew up to be an inventor first and then an explorer, finding his heaven on earth in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Muir was both a recluse, who sought solitude in the lonely places, but also an activist, determined to save the places he loved. A strong believer in both God and the essential goodness of humanity, he was the founder and first president of the Sierra Club.