Friday, June 1, 2007
The Wild Trees (Book #48)
I've seen coast redwoods, the ones that are readily accessible via well-marked paths for a non-athletic person on a road trip along the California coast. And they're amazing. You can't walk through them without experiencing the numinous. I know I felt out of place there, but I wouldn't have been surprised to see a dinosaur walk past, or perhaps an elf or an angel. My experience of the redwoods is trivial compared to that of the scientists and obsessives of The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring (Richard Preston, 2007). These people have devoted their lives to discovering what's left of virgin redwood forest and the life in its canopies. It's extremely well-written narrative nonfiction, both informative and engrossing, and I recommend it highly.