biologist reveals the secret world hidden in a single square meter of
In this wholly original book, biologist David Haskell uses a one-
square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window onto the
entire natural world. Visiting it almost daily for one year to trace
nature's path through the seasons, he brings the forest and its
inhabitants to vivid life.
|Each of this
chapters begins with a simple observation: a salamander scuttling
across the leaf litter; the first blossom of spring wildflowers.
a brilliant web of biology and ecology, explaining the science that
binds together the tiniest microbes and the largest mammals and
describing the ecosystems that have cycled for thousands- sometimes
millions-of years. Each visit to the forest presents a nature story in
miniature as Haskell elegantly teases out the intricate relationships
that order the creatures and plants that call it home.
Written with remarkable grace and empathy, The
Forest Unseen is a grand
tour of nature in all its profundity. Haskell is a perfect guide into
the world that exists beneath our feet and beyond our backyards.
The Forest Unseen
Year's Watch in Nature
David George Haskell