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Beyond The Aspen Grove

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The Colorado Rockies are Ann Zwinger's subject in prose and drawing. There, 8,300 feet above sea level, summer is short and winter long and often harsh; it is a place where much of life exists on the margin. In good years the grasses are lush; in bad years, even the mice starve. But it is a land the Zwingers have lovingly explored and recorded, careful not to disrupt the b ...more
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Published December 1st 2005 by Johnson Books (first published November 30th 1969)
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David Bixler
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where the sunset glows in luminous color

Truly classic natural history, not only in it's prose but as a primer for field study at it's best. This will inspire any wanderer in nature in the true spirit of the quest for the endless bounty and curiosity to be found at your doorstep.
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Literary Reflections Editor Andrea Lani adds a selection for lovers of the natural world: "I'm deep into Beyond the Aspen Grove, Ann Zwinger's lush and minutely detailed account of the flora and fauna of her family's home-away-from-home in the Colorado Rockies. Zwinger's passion for the tiniest and most lowly characters on the land (a whole page on the snow flea!) is contagious. Through a combination of precise, scientific terminology and accessible, hum
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Giulio
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
When I think about my goals as an aspiring writer, Beyond The Aspen Grove is my first thought. If I could create such a beautiful picture of an ecosystem, I would die happy. Zwinger know her ecosystem well and can draw it. What differs it from a science textbook is because it also lets you feel the ecosystem. And that is Zwinger's true accomplishment, few scientist truly base their work in peotry and few poets truly base their work in science. This is what sets this book apart. ...more
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Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Diana by: Ann Zwinger
Beautiful book from a beautiful person - used it with my science classes.
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Ann Haymond Zwinger was the 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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