Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Quote of the day: The wonders of...

This is a one-paragraph passage from a book I'm reading. I found it evocative somehow.

It was my dad who introduced me to the wonders of the natural world. In a sacred way, he revealed the first crocus of spring, removing the debris around the jack-in-the-pulpits in the forest as he chopped a fallen birch for firewood. He reveled in the salamaders and crayfish in the brook and marveled over where the deer must have fawned in the fairy circle next to the old barn.

Caitlin O'Connell, The Elephant's Secret Sense: The Hidden Life of the Wild Herds of Africa


susan said...

That was a wonderful way to gain appreciation for the natural world.

Ben said...

I thought you might like it. It's a good book. She went to Africa to study elephants and she and another scientist had a contract to keep them away from the farms. Has some good stories about both the elephants and the people.