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By David Rains Wallace

Described as “a author within the culture of Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and different self-educated seers” by means of the San Francisco Chronicle, David Rains Wallace turns his consciousness to at least one of the main certain corners of California: the San Francisco Bay region. Weaving a fancy and fascinating tale of the Bay zone from own, ancient, and environmental threads, Wallace’s exploration of the flora and fauna takes readers on a desirable travel in the course of the area: from element Reyes nationwide Park, the place an deserted campfire and an invasion of Douglas fir timber combusted right into a risky wildfire, to Oakland’s Lake Merritt, a shocking website amid skyscrapers for the superior neighborhood bird-watching; from the majestic Diablo diversity close to San Jose, the place conservationists struggle opposed to land builders to maintain species like mountain lions and golden eagles, to the Golden Gate itself, the long-lasting bridge that—geologically speaking—leads to not gold yet to serpentine. every one essay explores a unique position in the course of the 4 corners of the Bay zone, uncovering the natural world that make each one so extraordinary.

With a naturalist’s eye, a penchant for neighborhood heritage, and an visible ardour for the topic, Wallace’s new assortment is without doubt one of the first nature writing committed fullyyt to the Bay zone. Informative, engrossing, and exquisitely defined, Mountains and Marshes offers unforeseen but frequent perspectives of a loved quarter that, even amidst centuries of progress and alter, is as dynamic because it is timeless.

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