Adventures in Nature is a collection of writings selected from
the works of Edward Way Teale, an acute observer of nature. These writings
deal with such topics as Teale’s experiences in a cabin deep in the woods,
insect life, and jellyfish—described by Teale as ''Submarine Butterflies”.
Teale's writings are enjoyable to the reader who reads them slowly and takes the time to appreciate his power of description which can be shown in the following paragraph from "The Death of a Tree”:
Like a river flowing into the desert, the little stream of the tree dwindled and
disappeared before it reached the topmost twigs. They died first. The leaf at the
tip of each twig, the last to unfold, was the first to whither and fall. Then, little by
little, the leaf itself became dead and dry. This process of dissolution, in the
manner of a movie run backward, reversed the development of growth. Just as,
cell by cell, the twig had grown outward toward the tip, so now death spread, cell
by cell, backward from the tip.
In my opinion this is a beautiful description of the dying of a tree and great
If one enjoys nature I recommend this book, but if one isn't familiar with nature I must warn that some of the book can be sort of technical. Not knowing the names of many birds, only some of the birds found where I live, I found it difficult to imagine a northern pileated woodpecker or a roseate spoonbill. I also had trouble imagining such trees as the cottonwood and the banana tree. Although Teale has a strong power of description it was still difficult to visualize such trees and birds that I've never seen nor heard of before. However, to the nature lover who may not be as knowledgeable as Teale I would still say give this book a try, if you can find it.
I would not recommend this book to the reader who hasn't the slightest interest in nature or to those who are avid readers of fiction; this book is completely about nature and from what I perceived it is non-fiction.
Edward Way Teale is a naturalist, writer and a photographer. Other
books that he has written are: Grassroot Jungles, The Golden Throng, Byways
to Adventure, Near Horizons, Dune Boy, The Lost Woods, Days Without Time,
North With the Spring, Insect Friends, Autumn Across America, and Circle
of the Seasons.