Following the Water (Hardcover)
A Hydromancer's Notebook
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780547069647, 208pp.
Publication Date: August 1, 2009
The writer, naturalist, and artist David Carroll illuminates the ecology and life histories the tree frogs, hawks, foxes, and the increasingly rare wood and spotted turtles he has been tracking for decades with the precision and passion that won him a 2006 MacArthur "genius" award.Following theWater is the intensely observed chronicle of Carroll’s annual March-to-November wetlands immersionfrom the joy of the first turtle sighting in March to the gorgeously described, vibrant trilling of tree frogs ("lichen with eyes") in late May to the ancient sense of love and loss Carroll experiences each autumn when it is time once again to part with open water.Illustrated with the author’s fine pen-and-ink drawings, Following theWater is a gorgeous evocation of nature, an utterly unique "admission ticket to a secret corner of the world" (Bill McKibben).