A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There
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
A Sand County Almanac
--The Geese Return
--Come High Water
--Back from the Argentine
--The Alder Fork
--The Green Pasture
--The Choral Copse
--If I Were the Wind
--A Mighty Fortress
--Pines above the Snow
Sketches Here and There
--The Sand Co ...more
It was actually published shortly after the author died of a heart attack, in 1949. Leopold's life was cut far too short, and I can't help but wonder how much further America's conservation efforts might have evolved in the past 50 years had he lived longer. Many of his observations and warnings from the early part of the 1900s still ring true today. In that respect, this book wa ...more
So simple and so direct that one was struck by how obvious these statements are, and yet these words seemed like a newly discovered insight, especially as they came logically after a series of vivid expositions on nature and natural history. Nature is beautiful and if we preserve it, we truly deserve it. If we destroy it, we are killjoys. Simple as that.
A f ...more
a sand county almanac is roundly acknowledged as one of the most seminal titles in the nature/conservation/environmental writing genre, and like all great books it remains imperatively relative ...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
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
Yet there is sorrow, at what has been lost.
What a thousand Silphiums looked like when they tickled the bellies of the buffalo is a question never again to be answered, and perhaps not ever asked.
The cowman who cleans his range of wol ...more
The author really has a mastery of language. I love the way he talks about nature. It's poetry in prose form. It made me start to n ...more
It's not a page-turner, and for me, the book didn't quite keep up a good momentum. I think I'd enjoy it best just reading through stories here and there, a sketch/essay at a time, ra ...more
The local essence of the book is so important---where John Muir writes his flowery frippery largely about the most majestic places in the country, venerating them like untouchable churches, Leopold relates to his environment in an immedi ...more