The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature

The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature

A biologist reveals the secret world hidden in a single square meter of forest.

In this wholly original book, biologist David Haskell uses a one-square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window onto the entire natural world. Visiting it almost daily for one year to trace nature’s path through the seasons, he brings the forest and its inhabitants to vivid life.

Each of this book’s short chapters begins with a simple observation: a salamander scuttling across the leaf litter; the first blossom of spring wildflowers. From these, Haskell spins a brilliant web of biology and ecology, explaining the science that binds together the tiniest microbes and the largest mammals and describing the ecosystems that have cycled for thousands—sometimes millions—of years. Each visit to the forest presents a nature story in miniature as Haskell elegantly teases out the intricate relationships that order the creatures and plants that call it home.

Written with remarkable grace and empathy, The Forest Unseen is a grand tour of nature in all its profundity. Haskell is a perfect guide into the world that exists beneath our feet and beyond our backyards.

Title:The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780670023370
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  • Kathleen Brugger

    Letter I wrote to the author:I’ve just finished reading The Forest Unseen. I have slowly savored your book over many weeks, reading one day’s entry, at most two, at one sitting. I have never read ...

  • Elizabeth

    I should have loved The Forest Unseen. Forests delight me, and I've also spent time sitting in them and simply watching. There are many thoughts and opinions that Haskell and I share. Unfortunately, t...

  • Tuck

    The premise of this most excellent natural history of a forest is that the author stakes out a small circle in the woods, say about 4-6 feet across, in a tiny tiny (but one of the only left, sigh) old...

  • Lauren

    ...the search for the universal within the infinitesimally small...Haskell chooses a small parcel of land, his "mandala", in the old-growth forest of central Tennessee. Every few days, he goes to his ...

  • Lara

    Well, I'm clearly in the vast minority here, but I'm just not enjoying this book enough to push through and finish it. There have been a couple of chapters that I've found pretty interesting, but they...

  • Martha

    This is the kind of non fiction I love...I have met the author, he is a professor where my daughter attends college. My daughter and I went on a bird walk he led on campus in spring 2012 before she de...

  • Merilee

    I really loved this book. Haskell, a biology prof at The University of the South, has sort of cordoned off a square meter of land in an old-growth forest in Tennessee. Several times a week for a year ...

  • Bettie

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  • Jayesh

    You know the feeling that you get when you go to a national park or any forest and just sit there alone, observing, meditating... That's what you experience while reading this book.So Feynman once sai...

  • Jim Angstadt

    The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in NatureDavid George HaskellThis story has an interesting premise: we can learn a lot about the world at large by studying a small patch of ground, including the s...