Category Archives: Nature writing in the USA

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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Wolf moss

Wolf moss, or Lutharia Vulpina, is not moss at all; it’s a lichen. And vulpina is Latin for fox, so the common name is, at first glance, all wrong. As my sense of the northern hemisphere is largely powered by fairy … Continue reading

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Nature Writing in the U.S. Part 3: Climbing Mt Jumbo

I sleep beneath Mt Jumbo. The trailhead is right at the end of the street from Blossom’s Bed and Breakfast, my home away from home in Missoula, Montana. From there, it’s a steep climb, with several ‘switchbacks’ (where trail cuts back … Continue reading

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Nature Writing in the U.S. Part Two: out writing horses

I’m  having trouble writing in Montana; I have been in class in the mornings and all those mountains call to be climbed rather than described in the afternoons. As a result, I’ve uploaded more pictures and memories than words. I’m in … Continue reading

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Nature Writing in the US: Part One – gum trees in L.A.

Los Angeles is not necessarily the first place that comes to mind for a nature writing tour. Nonetheless, it’s where my American nature writing journey begins. Flying in, mountains much higher than I remembered pushed through cloud: floating islands lit up by the … Continue reading

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