The Forest Unseen by David George Haskell
“… When laughing children chase after fireflies, they are not pursuing beetles but catching wonder. ……” from Haskell’s book.
The awe and wonder of nature, whether it is fireflies, birds or a patch of moss, is beautifully captured and described in The Forest Unseen by David George Haskell. Haskell is a biologist who teaches at the University of the South and decides to mark off one square meter of forest floor in the Tennessee forest and watch this small sapec for one year. Each of his 43 entries or essays is dedicated to one observation or a limited number of aspects happening within the square meter which Haskell calls the ‘mandala’… a Sanskrit term for sacred space or circle representing the universe… and he eloquently interweaves his observations with threads of historic and scientific facts leading you into an impressive and contemplative journey.
So, if you are interested ‘to see a world in a grain of sand’ this book will provide a path. I plan to return often to this captivating book.
Book review by Penny Warren, photographer/birder/plant expert from Staunton.