National Book Award-winning author Barry Lopez explores the challenges and joys of the human experience through the frame of the natural world in fourteen arresting and extraordinary essays In Crossing Open Ground, award-winning literary writer Barry Lopez offers prescient, beautiful, and thought-provoking reflections on how the natural world can define and illuminate our sense of self. Whether he's traversing the Arctic tundra or the deserts of the American Southwest, recalling the devastating beaching of forty-one sperm whales along the Oregon coast or reveling in the remarkable migrations of wild geese, Lopez shows readers the world's special places, its remarkable people, and stunning natural events. He thoughtfully explores humankind's place in this vast natural scheme, and opens our eyes to its breathtaking complexity. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barry Lopez including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.
It makes for lovely reading. This was a book that I carried around the house with me on the off chance I could grab a second here or there to read it. The man's gift for words is obvious, and his passion and advocacy for wildlife and wild environs is admirable. He makes a great philosophical case for preserving tracts of wild space for their sakes alone, and that it is only once they are lost that we as humans will feel what their loss really means.
This time he was the self appointed killer of seals, pretending that he just doesn't enjoy killing animals.
This time for "science," not for the ever numbing joy of hunting.
He never explains this allegedly primal urge to stalk and murder and the hideousness of an animal dying in a trap.
Well, it always gives him something exciting to write about, like the totally hopeless whale story.
THE STONE HORSE begs for the aerial map...a splendid tale.
GEESE needs the original photographs...opening our eyes to a new world.
The book reads like an unconnected novel, keeping readers alert for the next adventure,
which many of us which included ENLIGHTENMENT about the horrors of trapping, if not of hunting