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Audubon

Last but by no means least of the great naturalists who forged a path for nature writing was John James Audubon (1785-1851). He was a colourful character, which is reflected in his illustrations and writings. The illegitimate son of a … Continue reading

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Alexander Wilson: Father of American Ornithology

The second of the three great naturalists who influenced the development of American nature writing was Alexander Wilson. In 1794, aged twenty-eight, Wilson emigrated from Scotland, where he had been a none-too-successful weaver, reformer, painter and peddler and poet. Wilson scored a … Continue reading

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William Bartram

Three early American natural history writers had a particular influence on the development of nature writing: William Bartram, Alexander Wilson and John James Audubon. As Romanticism shifted the emphasis from the physical qualities of the landscape to the feelings it engendered in … Continue reading

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Woo-hoo: Powerful Owl

 When we first set up Olvar Wood, we kept hearing a deep mournful call carrying from far off in the early evenings, like a child speaking into a piece of poly pipe down near the large dams on the citrus grove below … Continue reading

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ash and cupcakes

15 August 2011 The woodpile is shrinking. I had planned to chainsaw more wood today, but I’m tired and it is raining. Yesterday we cleaned out the ash from beneath the fireplace, which had piled right up to within an … Continue reading

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Eastern Yellow Robin

Although one of the more common birds in Olvar Wood, the Eastern Yellow Robin is my favourite. Their bright yellow breast, appearing anywhere from the clothesline to the windowsill,  is  a cheering sight. Their grey-brown wings are a long coat over … Continue reading

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