In this natural history classic, the author takes the reader on field trips to landscapes across America, both domesticated and wild. She shows how to read the stories written in the land, interpreting the clues laid down by history, culture, and natural forces. A renowned teacher, writer and conservationist in her native Midwest, Watts studied with Henry Cowles, the pioneering American ecologist. She was the first to explain his theories of plant succesion to the general public. Her graceful, witty essays, with charming illustrations by the author, are still relevant and engaging today, as she invites us to see the world around us with fresh eyes.
Come along on a field trip with the esteemed American naturalist May Theilgaard Watts to see how nature, history and culture have written their stories on the landscapes of Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Britain. She makes a lively guide, knowledgeable, literary, witty and opinionated, drawing on botany, ecology, and geography, as well as literature and folklore, to explain how a place came to look and feel the way it does.In this sequel to her popular book Reading the Landscape of America, Watts explored the hills of Italy, the grouse heath of Britain, the Black Forest of Germany, the limestone plateaus of France, and much more, explaining the forces that shaped these landscapes and continue to change them. Illustrated with dozens of pen and ink by the author. Includes a key to identifying the trees of Europe.
Reading the animal text in the landscape of the damned looks at the diverse texts of our everyday world relating to nonhuman animals and examines the meanings we imbibe from them. It describes ways in which we can explore such artefacts, especially from the perspective of groups and individuals with little or no power. This work understands the oppression of nonhuman animals as being part of a spectrum incorporating sexism, racism, xenophobia, economic exploitation and other forms of oppression. The enquiry includes, physical landscapes, the law, women’s rights, history, slavery, language use, economic coercion, farming, animal experimentation and much more. Reading the animal text in the landscape of the damned is an academic work but is accessible, theoretically based but robustly practical and it encourages the reader to take this enquiry further for both themselves and for others.
It is not only what we see but how we see that makes a difference... In his sequel to Capturing the Light, Peter Watson revisits the often delicate process of interpreting and capturing landscapes in photography. His, almost scientific, approach challenges us to see like an artist and seize creative opportunities, whilst comprehensive tools and techniques coverage allow us to put his theories into practice, with impressive results.
Filling a niche in the geomorphology teaching market, thisintroductory book is built around a 12 week course in fluvialgeomorphology. ‘Reading the landscape’ entails making senseof what a riverscape looks like, how it works, how it has evolvedover time, and how alterations to one part of a catchment may havesecondary consequences elsewhere, over different timeframes. Theseplace-based field analyses are framed within their topographic,climatic and environmental context. Issues and principles presentedin the first part of this book provide foundational understandingsthat underpin the approach to reading the landscape that ispresented in the second half of the book. In reading the landscape,detective-style investigations and interpretations are tied totheoretical and conceptual principles to generatecatchment-specific analyses of river character, behaviour andevolution, including responses to human disturbance. This book has been constructed as an introductory text on riverlandscapes, providing a bridge and/or companion toquantitatively-framed or modelled approaches to landscape analysisthat are addressed elsewhere. Key principles outlined in the bookemphasise the importance of complexity, contingency and emergencein interpreting the character, behaviour and evolution of any givensystem. The target audience is second and third year undergraduatestudents in geomorphology, hydrology, earth science andenvironmental science, as well as river practitioners who usegeomorphic understandings to guide scientific and/or managementapplications. The primary focus of Kirstie and Gary’s research andteaching entails the use of geomorphic principles as a tool withwhich to develop coherent scientific understandings of riversystems, and the application of these understandings in managementpractice. Kirstie and Gary are co-developers of the RiverStyles® Framework and Short Course that is widely used inriver management, decision-making and training. Additional resources for this book can be found at: ahref="http://www.wiley.com/go/fryirs/riversystems"www.wiley.com/go/fryirs/riversystems/a.