In these elegant, short essays, revered nature writer Richard Mabey attempts to marry a Romantic's view of the natural world with that of the meticulous observations of the scientist.
By Romanticism, he refers to the view that nature isn't a machine to be dissected, but a community of which we, the observers, are inextricably part. And that our feelings about that community are a perfectly proper subject for reflection, because they shape our relationship with it.
Scientists eshew such a subjective response, wanting to witness the natural world exactly, whatever feelings subsequently follow.
Our feelings are an extension of our senses - sight, taste, smell, touch and sound - and here, in a sextet of inspiring meditations, Mabey explores each sensory response in what it means to interact with nature.
From birdsong to poetry, from Petri-dish to microscope, this is a joyful union of meandering thoughts and intimate memories.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 128 pages
- Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 14/04/2011
- Category: The natural world, country life & pets
- ISBN: 9781846684074