Category Archive for 'Book Reviews'

between earth and sky — a review

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections to Trees
by Nalini M. Nadkarni
University of California Press, 2008.
How best to describe Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections to Trees? A compendium of facts, anecdotes, literature, and images pertaining to human interaction with trees? Tree canopy biologist, Nalini Nadkarni, has drawn on her [...]

The Apple – a History of Canada’s Perfect Fruit

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

Upon my return from the west coast in late October, I found a couple of copies of The Apple – a History of Canada’s Perfect Fruit waiting for me. I passed one copy on to my mom, and kept the other for myself. This new book by Carol Martin, author of several books [...]

Circus of the Spineless – Edition #22

Sunday, July 1st, 2007

Welcome to the 22nd edition of Circus of the Spineless!
I considered coming up with a theme for this edition, but in the end, I went with the one unifying quality that I found as I made my way around the web from one blog to the next. I was time and again struck [...]

junior hoppers

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

For the past couple of weeks, as soon as the air temperature warms each morning, junior hoppers of all sorts emerge to bask in the sunlight on grass stalks and plants leaves. This year, I’ve been making an attempt to photograph some of these grasshopper, cricket and katydid nymphs. Most of the grasshoppers [...]

secret weapons

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

In August 2005, I spent quite a bit of time photographing grasshoppers. One of my accidental discoveries was that some species, when disturbed, will regurgitate copious amounts of dark, foamy liquid. The grasshopper in the above photo – a species of spur-throated grasshopper – is just beginning to produce fluid. At [...]

being caribou – the book – a review

Monday, November 13th, 2006

Being Caribou: Five Months on Foot with an Arctic Herd
by Karsten Heuer
McClelland & Stewart, 2006
235 pages
Recently, I posted a review of the documentary Being Caribou. Having enjoyed the movie, I decided to read Heuer’s book in the hope that it would fill in more of the details of this epic journey in the [...]