I have some great books on the shelf. A lot less than I used to. I culled a few months ago, and now the real gems remain. I saved several books to read in this element of Project Spectrum, but until recently, I have not had much time or desire to sit down and read. I had plans to get through some of the gardening books and nature and adventure books on the shelf. They can wait for another day – those topics are always of interest to me. I think I am just an earthy girl.
I am reading The Wild Trees by Richard Preston, right now. The book centers on the amazing coastal redwood trees found on in the Pacific Northwest, and the botanists that study them. The book reminds me of our trip to Muir Woods a few years ago, and the majestic, awesome (and every other superlative you can think of) experience of viewing these giant living things. According to the book, the trees of Muir Woods are barely half the size of the trees you can see in some of the other parks and wilderness areas in the north. His vivid descriptions definitely make me think about a backpacking trip to see these wonders.
I am packing my bags and searching for another book for the trip. I have a few books that rose to the top, and I am leaning towards Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan. That guy could write out tax information, and I would read it. Luckily, this is not tax info, but rather the central thesis of “do plants rely on humans as much as we rely on them?” He uses several models to look into the question – tulips and apples among them.
Read any good books lately?