Bare Feet, Wet Socks: Writing About Winter
Ann Zwinger & James Halfpenny
Caldera, 2004 (2004)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
his slim (52 pages) volume is an anthology of fourteen essays and poems from a writer's workshop, and based on '
experiences in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park
here's a tribute in verse '
To Bob Landis
', a Yellowstone photographer. '
Friend or Foe?
' portrays Yellowstone as '
an alert sentinel
' awaiting the first snowfall of the season, and '
The Sound of Snowflakes
' explores all the different sounds of a winter wilderness. I enjoyed '
Reading the Snow
', a poem about predator and prey ... '
Fox sits. Eagle perches. / Patient as snow.
' of snow give a fresh world view, while '
Too Old to be a Wolf Anymore
' reminds us of our own vulnerability. '
Changes of Fortunes
' speaks of '
Driving into an Ansel Adams photograph
', and of the potential impact on the park of global warming.
', we hear about the '
' of the wintry park landscape. '
Skiing Through Dark Woods
' speaks of drinking in this twilight pleasure, while '
The World in White
' reveals a '
' with relevance to the human experience. '
Circle of Water
' addresses the life cycle of a winter droplet. '
Distraction & the Howl of the Wolf
' tells of a first sighting, a mating pair of wolves and a lone observer, while 'Slough Creek Notations' addresses wolf conservation. Finally, '
Bare Toes and Dreams of Glory
' mixes science with tingling toes.
are Feet, Wet Socks
is an eclectic collection, a mix of winter observation and ecological concerns, of interest to anyone visiting Yellowstone Park, or planning a visit, in any season.
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