The Songs of Trees

The Songs of Trees

Stories From Nature's Great Connectors

Book - 2017
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The author repeatedly visits a dozen trees around the world to stop, listen, and look, exploring each tree's connections with webs of fungi, bacterial communities, cooperative and destructive animals, and other plants, and demonstrating how the lives of trees and people are deeply interwoven. Several trees, including a balsam fir in Ontario and an Amazonian ceibo, are located in areas that seem mostly natural, but which are affected by industrial development and climate change. Haskell also turns to trees in places where humans seem to have subdued "nature"--a pear tree on a Manhattan sidewalk, an olive tree in Jerusalem -- demonstrating that wildness permeates every location.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780525427520
052542752X
Characteristics: xi, 292 pages ; 22 cm

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Wattage
May 30, 2018

Trees are far more complex and interesting than their static exterior would suggest. The complexity of how they live and interact is truly fascinating.

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JLMason
Feb 12, 2018

It is fitting that Haskell references Baker’s "The Peregrine" in this book as his poetic prose has the same visceral impact on the reader’s senses. He has a gift for capturing the sounds of nature in onomatopoeic words. (I found myself listening to the winter forest in a different way, the swish of white pine and the rattle of red oak leaves in the damp east wind.) But more than this, Haskell is an extraordinary writer and philosopher. He is a keen observer of nature, which is not a separate entity from humanity, but part of a whole where we “unself”. His essays on trees in cities, Denver and New York, are the most powerful and offer some hope for better stewardship of the green space to which we are drawn. This is a book to reread and savour. I look forward to his next one.
[Note: OPL does not have a copy of "The Peregrine".]

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capitalcity
Aug 29, 2017

The Songs of Trees: a lyrically transfixing, minute inspection of a ubiquitous, taken-for-granted species, namely trees. If time is taken, one perceives a subtly haunting quality enveloping trees. Could it be that our fate is entwined with the quality of their existence? Are they sentinels as regards our very survival? Required of the reader is a modicum of perseverance, for the richness of detail in the various observations is quite amazing, thus precluding anything but a measured perusal.

ontherideau Aug 18, 2017

In depth information of tree life sytems. The Hidden Life of Trees is more readable if you have interest.
https://ottawa.bibliocommons.com/item/show/958775026_the_hidden_life_of_trees

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