August 15, 2008

Woodland Pincushion

Such a busy week! & 100+ degrees. Unseasonably warm.

I've just finished reading Nature Noir: A Park Ranger's Patrol in the Sierra.

Slated to be drowned by a dam, the California state park patrolled
by the author of this haunting memoir is a "condemned landscape"
of gorgeous river canyons hemmed in by exurban sprawl
and peopled by eccentric gold miners, squatting families,
drug dealers and miscellaneous drunken, gun-waving rowdies, a place
where "turkey vultures floated... savoring the hot air for the
inevitable attrition of heat, drought and violence."

It's set in the area where I live. Recommended.


I'm pretty knowledeable about park rangering because I've read all but one of the 14 Anna Pidgeon mysteries by Nevada Barr; each is set in a different National Park.


Bo Salisbury said...

Mr. Smith is our neighbor on Piety Hill... he bought his home from our friend, Katherine. We can walk you by, next time we dine out with you two.

Fun is always in style. said...

will wonders never cease? You have a very wide acquaintanceship...or circle of friends.
Ok. Lets! (walk by, or eat out)