Reviews and Blog Posts: nature

Outside your window : a first book of nature

by Nicola Davies

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This beautifully written and illustrated collection of poems follows the changing seasons and introduces children to natural processes like bulbs sprouting in spring and dandelions turning to seed: “Dandelions bloom like little suns./but the flowers don’t last long-/they fold up like furled umbrellas pointing at the sky”swir.  Zoologist and author,...

Andy Goldsworthy rocks my socks!

collage of andy goldsworthy work

Every once in a while I happen upon something that just blows my brain right out of my head, my first encounter with the art of Andy Goldsworthy was just such a moment.

Andy Goldsworthy is a British environmental artist. He uses nature as his canvas, his tools, his inspiration and his medium. Watching a Goldsworthy creation happen can be awe inspiring or cringe worthy depending on how nature is feeling about Andy that day. His books show the final beauty but you have to watch the DVD, Rivers and Tides Working With Time, to understand the real dedication that this man has for his craft.

A snail, really? Yes!

snail eating

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, really is about a wild snail eating. But it goes further and deeper than that - Bailey takes us on a literal and researched journey deep into the silence, patience and awed perception of a wild snail eating from her bedside as she recovers from her own illness.

This book was relatable and comforting for me as it explored the different levels of illness. Although a sometimes sad and difficult topic, this story's outlook became a mirror for my life and could for many other people who have experienced the emotional and mental obstacles of overcoming illness.

It's in Our Nature

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Get back to nature with Fresh City Life My Branch this weekend--whether learning about places to explore that are close to home or nurturing your inner artist!

On Saturday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m. at Schlessman, learn all about the 123-acre urban wilderness in our own back yard, Bluff Lake Nature Center! Bluff Lake is a nonprofit agency that manages a unique urban wildlife and outdoor classroom in northeast Denver. It is home to an abundance of animals and native plants, which thrive in a variety of habitats.

Outdoor Parenting

The kids are heading back to school and the summer sunlight is waning, but that doesn't mean family outdoor fun can't continue.

The benefits of outdoor play for children are numerous. Everything from enhanced brain development, social aptitude, physical fitness, and environmental appreciation have been linked to getting outside. With cooler temperatures on their way and fall colors just around the corner, here are some great books to help you leave the house and enjoy our amazing natural surroundings with your kids.

American Earth : environmental writing since Thoreau

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This huge anthology can be read from beginning to end, but it is just as satisfying to pick and choose a poem, essay or speech as you wish or just flip through the sections of photographs. It includes pieces about individual encounters with the wild to political calls-to-arms to elegies...

Red bird : poems

by Mary Oliver

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In these sixty-one new poems, Oliver again shows her amazing ability to write words that let us see and love the natural world. In turn, these images in words reveal things that help us see, and on occasion, understand the huge range of human experiences.

An inconvenient truth : the planetary emergency of global warming and what we can do about it

by Albert Gore

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Original review: The companion to the film about global warming. Roger Ebert says, "You owe it to yourself to see this film. If you do not, and you have grandchildren, you should explain to them why you decided not to." Here is your out - read the book. It's essentially...

Spring, summer, fall, winter-- and spring

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This beautiful Korean film about two Buddhist monks brings the stories of nature and change, humanity and redemption to life without preaching.

Andy Goldsworthy. Rivers and tides working with time

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You have never seen anything like this, or perhaps you have if you've ever noticed how beautiful the sky is through the pattern of the leaves or sat staring into a stream mesmerized by the mosaic of stones at the bottom. This documentary explores the interaction between art and nature...

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