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The Forest Unseen by David George Haskell
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Apr 04, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: plants-flora, nature, science, audiobooks, best-of-2015, trees-forests
Read from July 10 to 20, 2015

...the search for the universal within the infinitesimally small...

Haskell chooses a small parcel of land, his "mandala", in the old-growth forest of central Tennessee. Every few days, he goes to his mandala to observe, take notes, look closer with his hand lens, and listen. This book incorporates the field notes of what he sees, hears, and smells, but also the meditations, and the information behind these observations over one full year. With the eye of a biologist, but also the musings of a philosopher, we observe - through his eyes - the comings and goings of the insects, the mammals, the ferns, the soil of this parcel of land.

Slow and beautiful writing. Simple, yet filled with meaning. Informative but also mindful, encapsulating the past, the future, but also what is occurring in this present moment.

A joy to read. Considering a mandala of my own in the nearby woods...
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17.0% "So inspirational - I am thinking about a "mandala" of my own that I can observe and watch over the seasons. Beautiful writing and informative."
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Jenny (Reading Envy) A joy to read. Considering a mandala of my own in the nearby woods...
I love this idea! It all seems very Annie Dillard. ;)


Lauren Jenny (Reading Envy) wrote: "A joy to read. Considering a mandala of my own in the nearby woods...
I love this idea! It all seems very Annie Dillard. ;)"

Indeed! I still need to claim a spot in the nearby forest to do my own mandala! I just picked up Haskell's new book so this can spur me on!


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