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Following the Water: A Hydromancer's Notebook
 
 
Author
David M. Carroll.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.7 inches
ISBN 9780547069647
Pages/Publication Date 186/2009
Daedalus Item Code 13448
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In this National Book Award–nominated journal, naturalist David Carroll (also the author of The Year of the Turtle and Trout Reflections) illuminates the ecology and life histories of the tree frogs, hawks, foxes, and the increasingly rare wood and spotted turtles he has been tracking for decades. Illustrated with Carroll's excellent and finely detailed ink drawings, the book is an intensely observed chronicle of his annual March-to-November wetlands immersion, from the joy of the first turtle sighting in March to the sense of love and loss Carroll experiences each autumn when they return to hibernation.

"In this sensuous nature journal, MacArthur 'genius' award winner Carroll follows the inhabitants of his local New Hampshire wetlands through a season of turtle life ... along the way celebrating such personal 'holy days' as 'the Return of the Red-winged Blackbird.' Wearing camouflage and waders, he meets wildlife on its own terms. At the sudden appearance of a red doe, he wonders, 'to have those senses—would I trade my thinking, dreaming, imagining mind for them for one full day.... Would I ever want to come back?' He watches a thirsty turtle hatchling encountering water for the first time: he 'extends his neck full length, immerses his head, closes his eyes' and drinks for 21 minutes. Accompanied by Carroll's own exquisite drawings, this poetic recording of his season of loving observation is subdued by Carroll's dread of habitat destruction and nostalgia for a boyhood when 'I entered waters that, if not alive themselves, were so filled with light and life that my binding with them was as much metaphysical as physical'."—Publishers Weekly

 
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