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READ PDF Ë The Mysterious Lands: A Naturalist Explores the Four Great Deserts of the Southwest õ Zwinger respectfully explores the Chihuahuan, Sonoran, Mojave, and Nevada Basin deserts, describing geologic changes, flora, and fauna from the ancient disappearance of a lake to the burrowing of a grouse with precision and grace Read it and you ll hear the desert call Commonweal Rich in the unique metaphor that the desert inspires, enhanced by the author s exquisite line drawings, this book is a delightful and endlessly informing piece of work Smithsonian For anyone who loves the American Southwest, Ann Zwinger s books are essential reading The Mysterious Lands continues her authoritative natural history of this most beautiful and most interesting region of the entire planet Edward Abbey I love deserts I ve visited them in the U.S and other parts of the world I live in one and my mystery series is set, here, in the Sonoran Desert near Palm Springs, CA Deserts resonate for me with images of sweeping vistas, exotic cultures, and lush oases They are evocative and surprising shades of Indiana Jones and Lawrence of Arabia you may say Yes, I admit it, with a bit of Thoreau and Castaneda tossed into the mix Ann Zwinger captures part of that allure in her book THE MYSTERIOUS LAND I love deserts I ve visited them in the U.S and other parts of the world I live in one and my mystery series is set, here, in the Sonoran Desert near Palm Springs, CA Deserts resonate for me with images of sweeping vistas, exotic cultures, and lush oases They are evocative and surprising shades of Indiana Jones and Lawrence of Arabia you may say Yes, I admit it, with a bit of Thoreau and Castaneda tossed into the mix Ann Zwinger captures part of that allure in her book THE MYSTERIOUS LANDS Deserts are mysterious At once foreboding, seemingly desolate and inhospitable, yet awe inspiring A naturalist, who also happens to be a gifted writer, Ann Zwinger captures much of the fascination about deserts while providing us with facts about them Her book deftly conveys the range and variability found in deserts, places teeming with diversity in historical, geological and biological terms Her focus here is limited to the Four Great Desert of the Southwest United States, but she has written many other books Not all of them are about deserts, mind you If you have any interest in the natural world here is an author who can enlighten and entertain She gets the idea they we re looking for something when we venture into the great outdoorsthan just the facts If you ever wanted to see the world as a botanist sees it, you would enjoy this book Also, you will learn a lot about deserts, and what you will have to do to be able to spend time there The author obviously loves plants and insects and deserts It is hard not to catch the fever as you spend time with her I especially liked it when her daughter joined her Their relationship was beautiful There is a lot of detail here, so it is not a quick read at leasts it was for me. Zwinger is always amazing I marvel at her adventurous spirit, her vast knowledge of plants and geology, and her easy and apt references to art history That her books come illustrated with her own drawings makes them treasures.