Jim Crumley

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Tekijän teokset

The Great Wood (2011) 27 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Nature of Winter (2017) 26 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Nature of Autumn (2016) 25 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Company of Swans (1997) 24 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The Last Wolf (2010) 21 kappaletta
The Nature of Spring (Seasons) (2019) 18 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Winter Whale (2008) 14 kappaletta
Among Islands (1994) 12 kappaletta
The Nature of Summer (2020) 12 kappaletta
Barn Owl : Encounters in the Wild (2014) 12 kappaletta
Portrait of Edinburgh (1994) 11 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Fox (Encounters in the Wild) (2014) 10 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Among Mountains (1993) 7 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Lakeland wild (2021) 6 kappaletta
Waters of the Wild Swan (1992) 6 kappaletta
Hare (2015) 5 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Elementum journal 5: Hearth (2019) 5 kappaletta
Swan (Encounters in the Wild) (2015) 4 kappaletta
Elementum Journal: 3: Roots (2018) 4 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Badgers on the Highland Edge (1994) 3 kappaletta
Seasons of Storm & Wonder (2022) 3 kappaletta
The Heart of Skye (1994) 3 kappaletta
The Heart of Mull (1996) 3 kappaletta
Badger (Encounters in the Wild) (2016) 3 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Isle of Skye (2009) 2 kappaletta
Discovering the Pentland Hills (1996) 2 kappaletta
The Goalie (2004) 2 kappaletta
Kingfisher (Encounters in the Wild) (2018) 2 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Mountain of Light (2003) 2 kappaletta
Watching Wildlife (2024) 1 kappale
Brother Nature (2007) 1 kappale

Associated Works

Slightly Foxed 70: Tigers at the Double Lion (2021) — Avustaja — 26 kappaletta
Scottish Highlands (1995) 20 kappaletta

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Crumley, James
Maa (karttaa varten)
Scotland, UK
Dundee, Scotland, UK
Jenny Brown Associates



Regardless of what happens in the world, the seasons come and go without fail. The seasons may be stretched a little, especially with the effects of climate change at the moment as they seem to blend into each other more and more. With spring the main moment for me is when we reach the equinox, that day when the night and day are exactly the same length; 12 hours. This year that day was the 20th March and that seemed to me to be the best time to start this book by Crumley.

Spring in Scotland often begins with snow on the ground and in his first chapter of the book he is watching a kestrel over a landscape that is scattered with small patches of snow. She drops from the twig into the wind and begins to hunt. They keep pace with each other at a distance and just as he reached some newly planted native trees, she turns and rushes away downwind. Soon after he hears a mistle thrush singing as the urge to find a mate becomes all-consuming. These are what he considers the first syllables of spring.

Following the traces of spring around Scotland will take him up in the Highlands, and to the islands of Mull, Iona, Lismore and he even ventures out of Scotland to visit Lindisfarne on the Northumbrian coast. If feels like you are alongside him as he is watching the antics of Sea Eagles or spotting an unusual encounter between a fox and a pine marten or being a handful of yards away from a grey coated roebuck.

As with his other books in the series, this is another brilliant book from Crumley. He is passionate about his subjects too; his eye for the details of the way that the creatures behave, coupled with the descriptions of the landscape make this such a good book. He is not afraid to use the book as a soapbox either, putting forward solid arguments on a variety of subjects that he cares about. This is the third in the series so far, and there is just the final book, The Nature of Summer, to look forward to.
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PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
Some people describe themselves as summer people, loving the heat and balmy days. Others prefer the spring with its new life and vitality. Autumn brings migration and a change in greens to browns and yellows and then there is Winter. It is the time of year that the countryside reveals its structure though, vegetation dies back and the skeletal outlines of trees are visible through the mist.

I like all the seasons, but winter I can love a loathe with equal measure. It used to be a mix of storms and bright, cold crisp days, but now seems to be endless grey and rain as the storms sweep in off the Atlantic to batter the south coast where I live. In Scotland, where Jim Crumley lives, it is much colder than here in Dorset. Even though he lives in a countryside that is deep in stasis, he knows the places to visit to see those eking out an existence at this time of the year.

In this book he takes us with him as he walks the in the hills, seeing eagles soaring high above the escarpments, watching deer as they graze the precious little nutrients left on the hills and seeking out the snow buntings. One philosophy that he wants to teach is that of sitting and waiting in a place and letting the wildlife come to you. Most of the time he sits and he waits and nothing much happens, but there are times when he has encounters with animals that are not expecting a human to be there that make the waits well worth it.

Crumley has a way with words and this is another beautifully written book about his local patch. But there is another element to this, he is passionate about the environment and all the way through the book you sense just how furious he is about the way that the climate change is affecting the landscape that he loves so much. This is a worthy sequel to his book on Autumn, and I have a copy of his book on Spring that I am really looking forward to now.
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PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
The hare is a creature that has been part of our natural landscape for time immemorial and has entered our cultural folklore too, however, few people have seen them, including me. In this charming little book, Jim Crumley recounts three occasions where he has seen this elusive and slightly magical creature, including seeing both species, the brown hare and mountain hare, where the snowline started.

This beautifully produced book is very short. I didn’t so much read it rather, rather inhale it. Crumley has a lovely turn of phrase and a keen eye so reading his books is always a pleasure. This one came from the library, but these are a lovely (if expensive) series of books that I can see myself collecting as I have just bought the one on the fox.… (lisätietoja)
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PDCRead | 1 muu arvostelu | Apr 6, 2020 |
Each season offers its own basket of delights, in winter we have the skeletal trees set against the grey skies, spring brings an outpouring of life and acid greens. Summer, such that it is, is a time of balmy days and abundant food. Before you know it, autumn is upon us once again and nature starts its most dramatic change of all. As the light ebbs, leaves start the process of leaching chlorophyll back into the tree and changing to a fantastic range of colours, the warm days are tempered by sharper mornings and the mists soften the countryside.

Autumn is one of Jim Crumley’s favourite seasons, an emotion triggered after seeing geese flying overhead when he was young. He takes us on a journey around his home country of Scotland travelling from the lowlands up into the Highlands and across to the islands to see the Autumn unfold. His travels take him to see the vast whooper swan flocks that have headed down from the Arctic, the ancient brocks that only exist in this part of the world and he seeks out the Redwoods that grow there. His keen eyes see the golden eagles that float over the mountains, the traces of otters and beavers that live in the rivers, the fleeting glimpses of deer in the woods the blur of a stoat and watching an owl float silently over a field.

There is nothing particularly profound in here, just the stories of a man who takes the time to head out as often as he can to sit and watch the world inexorably grind through the first flush of autumn to the arrival of the snows. He is great at finding the words that fill in the picture of the place that he is visiting; so much so that you feel that you are sitting alongside him at certain points as he takes in the views. As well as being a eulogy to autumn, it is a reflective book too, he takes a moment to celebrate his late father and grandfather and their achievements. It did take a little away from the main point of the book though, but it is still worth reading for his gentle, lyrical language.
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