The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring
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Now, thanks to Preston and a custom-made tree-climbing apparatus called a "spider rig," we get to see it, too.According to Preston, it wasn't until the 1980s that humans made the first forays into the tops of "supertall" trees, in excess of 350 feet high. Sillett, Taylor and their cohorts, who include a Canadian botanist named Marie Antoine, are fascinating, often deeply wounded characters. Preston's tireless research, crystalline writing style and narrative gifts are well suited to the subject. Preston adds a personal twist by mastering the arcane tree climber's art of "skywalking" and partnering with Sillett and Antoine on some of their most ambitious ascents. More than 30 stories above the ground, he found himself surrounded by a latticework of
Secret worlds and hidden treasures Growing up in Northern California in the l950s, I thought the redwoods would always be there. Not true. Logged almost to extinction, I thought virtually none remained living except in the tiny, microscopic parks. I thought all of the truly big ones had been killed, sacrifices to picnic tables and beach homes. This book proves there are still some left, some of the most ancient and secret living things, hidden in virtually inaccessible places, even though their sanctuary is within these minute protected areas. This book shares a glimpse of their secrets, t. Transports you right into the forests Ravi The realm of narrating facts in a fictional manner is an art, which when done well enthralls serious enthusiasts & new entrants into a genre alike. It also achieves the important role of educating the latter and developing new interests in them. I would fall somewhere in there.Although I have been a series nature reader for long, I was always in the world of mammals & birds and somehow considered myself not made for botany. All that is irrelevant here though - Richard Preston has created an aura around both the redwood forests and the people who invest th. big trees and the people who love them. It is an unusual blend of science J Wilson A very well-written story of botany, science, big trees and the people who love them. It is an unusual blend of science and personal stories of men and women who love to climb and to study trees. A thrilling, unique adventure story! Well worth reading.
The author shares his protagonists’ passion for tall trees, and he mastered the techniques of tall-tree climbing to tell the story in The Wild Trees–the story of the fate of the world’s most splendid forests and of the imperiled biosphere itself.From the Hardcover edition.. Ninety-six percent of the ancient redwood forests have been destroyed by logging, but the untouched fragments that remain are among the great wonders of nature. They take big risks, they ignore common wisdom (such as the notion that there’s nothing left to discover in North America), and they even make love in hammocks stretched between branches three hundred feet in the air.The deep redwood canopy is a vertical Eden filled with mosses, lichens, spotted salamanders, hanging gardens of ferns, and thickets of huckleberry bushes, all growing out of massive trunk systems that have fused and formed flying buttresses, sometimes carved into blackened chambers, hollowed out by fire, called “fire caves.” Thick layers of soil sitting on limbs