Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Author:Annie Dillard An exhilarating meditation on nature and its seasons-a personal narrative highlighting one year's exploration on foot in the author's own neighborhood in Tinker Creek, Virginia. In the summer, Dillard stalks muskrats in the creek and contemplates wave mechanics; in the fall she watches a monarch butterfly migration and dreams of Arctic caribou. ... more »She tries to con a coot; she collects pond water and examines it under a microscope. She unties a snake skin, witnesses a flood, and plays -King of the Meadow' with a field of grasshoppers.« less
This is one book that I'm going to keep, not send back out again. Annie Dillard's descriptions of her experiences with nature make the reader think in a larger frame of mind. She brings in many asides that make the reader travel with her as she ponders the absolute immensity and minuteness of the world. I think I will have to reread this book many times to understand and to digest the treasures it holds.