On to love it Oh man I loved this book so much Especially Pertinent To Me Because to me because s talking about things I see very day in the Bay Area He answers those curiosities you didn t ven know you had but had probably registered below the surface I did want to know why pigeon s feet are all messed up I did want to know why there are so many crows around my neighborhood It s refreshing to be a bit curious about the things I see very day and see them in a new light This was a pure pleasure read for meThe author is a writer usually about food and cooking who lives in California with a young daughter whom he wants to teach an appreciation of nature Except he lives in the city and what he s really after is teaching her to notice detailsIt was really interesting to pick this one up on the heels of The Geography of Thought How Asians and Westerners Think Differently and Why which mentions the different ways the Westerners and Easteners raise their children Westerners are always naming objects for their children Right on cue that does happen here but then there is a push to go deeper Tree isn t good nough Suirrel isn t Good Enough Which Is enough Which is to go deeper Tree isn t good nough Suirrel isn t good Unseen City enough Which is maybe little Eastern but not totally Well Easteners might ask How does the suirrel feel. Nail The narrative allows us toavesdrop on the comically frenetic life of a suirrel and peer deep into the past with a ginkgo biloba tree Each of these organisms has something uniue to tell us about our neighborhoods and chapter by chapter Unseen City takes us on a journey that is part nature lesson and part love letter to the world’s urban jungles With the right perspective a walk to the subway can be Art every bit asntrancing as a walk through a national par.
characters ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or Book ↠ Nathanael JohnsonThe publisher s blurb serves as a nice intro but this book is so much Included here are some fascinating tidbits pigeons were once a symbol of affluence in places abandoned by humanslike the Scottish isle of St Kilda the pigeons have gone xtinct racing pigeons which can travel up to 110 mph have sold for than 300000 PER BIRD The author ases us into becoming aware of individual aspects of our local flora think Euell Gibbons whether weeds or trees and fauna from suirrels to bird language to or trees and fauna from suirrels to bird language to to ants The author clearly shows us how to become attuned to any species of which we have us how to become attuned to any species of which we have our awareness as well as indicating the in situ methods of developing a deeper understanding well beyond computer searches which do reuire refined uestionsThis book was provided as an ARC by the publisher at no cost in xchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Goodreads Giveaways In San Francisco and Berkeley the author seeks to light a fire of science in his daughter s visions for the future Along the way both of them full in love with magnifying observing and learning about urban flora and fauna Who knew there were so much mystifying and impressive about pigeons including they are here because of 18th Century hobbyists Weeds you. It all started with Nathanael Johnson’s decision to teach his daughter the name of very tree they passed on their walk to day care in San Francisco This project turned into a uest to discover the secrets of the neighborhood’s flora and fauna and yielded than names and trivia Johnson developed a relationship with his nonhuman neighborsJohnson argues that and fauna and yielded than names and trivia Johnson developed a relationship with his nonhuman neighborsJohnson argues that to see the world afresh like a child shifts the way we think about nature Instead of something ,
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author made whilemade while his city biota and a foray into the uniue gingko The turkey vulture so unknown I found very interesting as well as the survey of the ant Another reason to finally read some Edward O Wilson Also wow those crows are smart And so much fascinating about snails which themselves have apparently inspired a good book The Sound of a Wild Snail EatingI received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads What a delightful book I loved how Johnson gives us a lens to see the beautiful wildlife around us ven in urban settingsJohnson starts off on a uest TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE FLORA pay attention to the flora fauna around him when he realizes that his daughter is asking about the world around them and he doesn t know the answers From this simple beginning he gains knowledge along with wisdom and a genuine awe for the world we inhabit Luckily he wrote a book about it with neatly delineated chapters focusing on a different plant or animal and we get to accompany him This uote really distills this book As soon as humans take open hearted notice of anything in the natural world we find reas. Istant and abstract nature becomes real all at once comical annoying and beautiful This shift can add tremendous value to our lives and it might just be the first step in saving the worldNo matter where we live city country oceanside ormountains there are wonders that we walk past very day Unseen City widens the pinhole of our perspective by allowing us to view the world from the high altitude yes of a turkey vulture and the distinctly low altitude yes of a