A Sand County Almanac: With Other Essays on Conservation from Round River
First published in 1949 A Sand County Almanac combines some of the finest nature writing since Thoreau with an outspoken and highly ethical regard for America's relationship to the land.
Written with an unparalleled understanding of the ways of nature, the book includes a section on the monthly changes of the Wisconsin countryside; another part that gathers informal pieces
I love some of his descriptions of "recycling" -- not exactly the way it's used in 2004 USA: "The sprin...more
This is a book about the value of wildness – sometimes wilderness – but always wildness. The wildness that can be found not only in the remote corners of the world but also at the bottom of field hedges and small streams, the wildness that can be found within the dawn chorus of waking songbirds and the wildness that can be...more
My favorite parts were when he talked about hunting. It was interesting what he said about wolves. Most people would take any chance to kill a wolf because they are thought of as the enemy. The wolves kill t...more
Sand County Almanac Book Review
Aldo Leopold is one of the most interesting people in terms of his life’s work and experiences along the way. A man that wrote with such fascinating prose and beautiful literary devices yet was a huge supporter of getting away from book learning and being hands on, especially with nature. Leopold was a very strong advocate for ethical treatment of land and actually devotes an entire part of his book to this cause. He was also one of the la...more
"Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language."
My mom gave me this book a couple years ago with her strong recommendation. I had some trepidation about reading a 60-70 year-old environmental book. I shouldn't have; it was great. Occasionally something in the book would feel dated but overall it was remarkable to me how well it had held up and how current and relevant it felt. Not sure if that means the issues haven't changed much in the last 60-70 years, or he was ahead of his time. Probably both.
A Sand County Almanac is a well written collection of essays, by Aldo Leopold, depicting the way life was lived in Sand County Wisconsin. I could tell right away that Mr. Leopold thought very highly of living in Sand County. After reading this book I cou...more
For all his strengths of observation and rumination, Leopold w...more
1. The comment on the types of people with the last being the "non-hunter" who sees nothing. (I think the broad categories used here were meant to illustrate those who were completely disconnected from the land rather than a jab at those who do not hunt.)
2. He not...more
On the one hand, there is incredible value to be gained from the author's keen sense of observation. The first set of essays, the Sand County Almanac, takes us through a year of observing nature at work on Leopold's farm. He discovers firsthand how certain plants fare better when collocated. He bands chickadees and later discovers the bands in the pellets of a screech owl. He gains broad insights from small things that most of us pass by every day without consid...more
Leopold was a hunter, fisherman, and naturalist. I...more
Written from an experiential perspective, with a style that is often poetic, the main message of A Sand County Almanac is that the land is not there to serve us, but that we need to live in community with the land. Community without land is empty, so by threatening the land we are threatening community. The land, th...more
What I'm taking from this book is that humans' ethics are still evolving, and we have yet to extend our sense of "community" beyond people to land, animals and plants. Leopold also says that we can't grieve the loss of what we don't know, and a change in our ethics about land use has to be preceded by our love, respect and appreciation of land-- and intellectual humility. We need to stop think...more
"There are those who regard anything which is beyond or outside what is generally called "practical" as something foolish, wasteful, and effeminate, not realizing that it is the beautiful which makes...more