Blogger and wildlife artist Carel Brest van Kempen had alot to say in this old post about his attitudes to "hands- on" interaction with the biosphere (see Matt's post below).
"A spoiled child of the west, I grew up in an area as sparsely populated as any in the temperate zone. Fences were few and easy to climb. As a boy, I could get on a horse and ride for days in any direction save one without running into other humans. Like many of the kids in my home town, I was an avid naturalist. If a species interested me, I'd capture a young one and raise it as a pet. We took foxes, coyotes, squirrels, woodrats, and scores of bird and reptile species, and in the process learned more about those animals than any college course could have taught us. Many of us practiced falconry, and a number of us have continued that sport into adulthood. Through our hands-on wildlife studies, we gained insights into the natural world that are the privilege of few in the industrialized world. To this day, I'm as likely to try to catch a wild animal, or climb to its nest as to sit silently and study its behavior."
Another RTWT. And watch for a real review of his book. Right now suffice to say that it is a brilliantly- done collection that is the artistic equivalent of Darren Naish's blog, but with some invertebrates added. Carel is less interested in conventionally charismatic megafauna than he is in the lesser known inhabitants of earth and their interactions, from Aplomado falcons picking insects out of the air over a burning cane field to horseshoe bats scooping minnows from a brilliantly- reflected, inverted tropical sky, to a nighthawk hunting over a thoroughly urban summer night scene to...
Well, buy the book-- I did, even though I could not afford it. You might even learn how to get drunk on live palm grubs...
Damn--where has this guy been? I need to get out more.
hey Steven, couldnt find email, so I'm letting you know threw the BLOG, i have 2 more neal asher books(in case you are interested, i gotta read em first tho), 'brass man" and "line of polity" are the titles, more cormac books, same character as in "Gridlinked", and what did you think of "Cowl and Skinner"????.
Hey Seth-- will be down soon and would like to get some or all of these... cars still dysfunctional. Slightly preferred Cowl but liked both.Will give you email when we see you.
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