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Downcanyon: A Naturalist Explores the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  32 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Every writer comes to the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon with a unique point of view. Ann Zwinger's is that of a naturalist, an "observer at the river's brim." Teamed with scientists and other volunteer naturalists, Zwinger was part of an ongoing study of change along the Colorado. In all seasons and all weathers, in almost every kind of craft that goes down the waves, ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published July 1st 1995 by University of Arizona Press
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Sep 06, 2011 Clint rated it really liked it
The first Ann Zwinger book I've read - I've enjoyed most the way way her focus adjusts from the Micro to the Macro. Details about the various insects encountered, give way to early history of the canyon. Not to mention that the reference list added about 20 books to my "to-read" list
Sep 06, 2011 Jan rated it liked it
Much of the book I enjoyed. Sometimes a bit over wordy: perhaps trying to use a word never used before. I loved the insect descriptions, plant a d geology descriptions, too. I read it while in the canyon, which brought so much to life. I was going to keep a journal, but instead I dog eared pages in the book; Anne said it better!
Aug 15, 2011 Lee rated it it was ok
Generally enjoyable but question naturalist status of author who reports there are only two raptors on the canyon - bald eagles and ravens - really? Many raptors there and ravens aren't raptors though they are ever present
May 15, 2015 Patricia rated it it was amazing
I didn't finish, but more because she takes careful reading and more careful attention than I have right now. But as always, Zwinger does an amazing combo of careful, educated observation and poetic description.
Apr 20, 2011 Christian rated it liked it
"spittlebug nymphs safely siphon sap" (106) - if not clunky, then at least overdone

discordant metaphors/similes

lyrical description of the flora, fauna, geology, and human history of the Colorado and its canyons.
Jun 04, 2008 Sarah rated it liked it
I'm enjoying this book because I prefer to daydream about being in the canyon than deal with the reality of living (even temporarily) in Maryland!
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Ann Haymond Zwinger is author of many highly-regarded natural histories noted for comprehensive detail and lyrical prose.

In 1976, she received the John Burroughs Memorial Association Gold Medal for a distinguished contribution in natural history, Run, River, Run.
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