The Forest Unseen

The Forest Unseen

A Year's Watch in Nature

Book - 2012
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Reveals what can be understood about the natural world through the author's year-long observation of a one-square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest, explaining the scientific ties binding all life and how the ecosystem has cycled for millions of years.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2012.
ISBN: 9780670023370
Characteristics: xiv, 268 p. ;,22 cm.
Alternative Title: Year's watch in nature.


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Jul 22, 2015

A fascinating and informative look at nature: moths, snowflakes, mosquitoes and more. Told by an excellent writer.

Dec 16, 2014

This book of 245 pages consists of 44 short, stand-alone essays on nature that are informative, inspirational, entertaining and thought-provoking. I'd describe the writing as 'poetic prose'. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in nature. It makes me want to grab a handheld magnifier and take a walk in a nature preserve.

Nov 28, 2014

Seductive and delightful journey. Complete review here:

Mar 13, 2013

I am half way through this book and cannot put it down. While it is a bit choppy, the subject matter is one that we all experience around us and Haskell opens our eyes to see it all in a different way. Whether he is talking about how mosses hydrate or trees manage to get water up to their highest leaves, he does so with insight, humor and the ability to keep on interested in the matter at hand. While the format of a year in a place is old hat, he makes us experience his 'mandala' of land and invites us to share in its intimate secrets. A great read

Oct 07, 2012

This is a beautiful, gorgeous book. I cannot do it justice in a brief summary, It highlights, for example, stunning evolution in the strive to survive, ecology, and clear pictures that life is comprised of parts of what was once something else. Excellent, excellent perspectives and information.


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Nov 28, 2014

Many individual days of exploring the same yard of forest. Scientist with poetic grace examines fungi, birds, mosses, shrews and others who pass through the examined yard.


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Nov 28, 2014

The spinning maple seed that seems to helicopter through the forest is a samara. Maple samaras “live in a little-known border country between the aerodynamics of fast, large objects like cars and airplanes and the aerodynamics of slow, miniscule objects, like motes of dust.”

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