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What have been your nature lit inspirations?!?
but inspiring of what? i sit here in an a/c-cool room filled with electrical knicknacks with barely the energy to do the needed deadheading out in the garden ... kinda hot today ... i had a chance to venture out on an actual wilderness trip ... but begged off ... "way too out of shape"
these writers remind me of what is mostly a world lost ... lost to me, at any rate ... it's all very elegiac ... & that is sad ...
but i walked out tonight ... and there was this cloud ...
Before a month ago, I had done NO gardening whatsoever. But a year worth of on & off Berry reading recently put me in a friend's backyard, getting a garden going these past few weeks. It was an experience I've never had, and now plan to have much more often.
So I definitely think there are changes coming.
Another personal example :
while at the _Thoreau Society Gathering_ in 2004, I was growing tired of some of the sessions. I went for a walk (beautiful in Concord, MA) and took _Walden_ with. I opened to my favorite chapter - "Higher Laws" and wanted to try to read it with "new eyes." I came away from that specific reading and became a vegetarian one month later.
It's just an idea of inspiration.
Thoreau asks, "How can one have a pure thought and eat an animal at the same time?" ...
I was inspired. And I'm hoping it was just a beginning.
Of his fiction, I've actually only read Hannah Coulter , and it was amazing. I'm planning on beginning The Memory of Old Jack and Jayber Crow some time soon.
David Quammen 's nature essays cover the world. Natural Acts, a sidelong view of Science & nature is an early work & still popular.
Simon Barnes - How to be a bad birdwatcher was another humourous look at the perils of enjoying wildlife.
A Gnole is a very different novel / fantasy but with very eco-minded sentiments.
Anyway, I do recommend Prishvin for perspective on writing unlike the Anglo-american style/s. Also, check anthologies to spy out authors you might like. Paul Brooks' Speaking for Nature is well selected, only a bit biased on the speaking for nature (ecological) side than trhe literary side but good for both. The best anthology I have read was of birdwatching essays, but i forget its name . . . 99% of my library is in japan and the names of books i read in notebooks 500 miles away, so i must talk off the top of my head, sorry.
Ah, i forgot to mention what i do have here with me -- the same thing thoreau had with him -- a mountain of my own books which weave naturall history and thousands of translated haiku together: 480 pp nothing but sea cucumber in one (Rise, Ye Sea Slugs!), 740 pp all cherry blossom viewing (cherry blossom epiphany)in another (3000 haiku in that one alone) . I am curious whether people who enjoy nature essays will find them interesting or not and why.