Wallace Stegner once wrote, "We depend upon wilderness increasingly for relief from the termite life we have created." But that poses the question: if wilderness is our sole antidote, dont we risk loving it to death, using it up as we have used up so much else? How can great places teach us to live more fully within our daily lives? What might this mean for the health of wilderness itself?
Author and artist Teresa Jordan looks for the answers in four essays of apprenticeship, turning to the work of two previous students of Yosemitenaturalist John Muir and the painter Chiura Obataas well as from those most elemental of teachers, the rocks and the trees.
Both Muir and Obata used painting and drawing as primary tools for understanding, and Jordans own watercolors illuminate her journey of exploration. Like "Field Notes from the Grand Canyon," this second volume in Teresa Jordans series of Sketchbook Expeditions uses superb full-color reproductions on special paper that approximates the look and feel of a watercolor sketchbook. This beautiful little volume makes an irresistible gift, to be read and re-read time and time again.