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  • The Field Guide to Fields
  • Written by National Geographic
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The Field Guide to Fields

Hidden Treasures of Meadows, Prairies, and Pastures

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For millennia, fields in their myriad forms have been among the most fundamental elements of the landscape of human civilization. Illustrated with 300 photographs and handsome linocut-style prints, the book explains how different landscapes, climates, and cultures produced a variety of field types, from the terraced rice paddies of Southeast Asia to the impenetrable hedgerows of Northwest Europe, each reflecting both ancient traditions and agricultural progress. We see how Old World methods were adapted to new environments like the American prairie, the Australian outback, the African veldt, and the Argentinean pampas. We trace the development of the implements we’ve devised to work our fields, from hand tools to modern tractors and mechanical harvesters.

And as we learn to recognize various types of fields, we also explore their characteristic flora—wildflowers, grasses, and nourishing plants like grains, herbs, mushrooms, fruits and berries— and fauna, from tiny but indispensable bugs to field-mice, sheep, cattle, and more. Detailed identification guides catalog a wealth of plant and animal life, and wide-ranging sidebars discuss everything from how to plow a field and sow seeds to how to plant a hedge, build a dry stone wall, and shear a sheep.

Here too the rich diversity of field folklore, from rural superstitions, fairy rings, and crop circles, to local legends, weather lore, folk remedies, and more. Both a thoughtful and colorful gift and a practical, informative reference, The Field Guide to Fields portrays an intriguing no-man’s-land between true, chaotic wilderness and the orderly arrangement of human communities.
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“…so much more than a field guide, tucking in whole chapters on the science, folklore, botany, food and history…” –McClatchy Newspapers (The Buffalo News)
 
“It claims to be a field guide, and indeed it is, a primer on the bucolic treasure that is the meadow, prairie, pasture or plain. But [it] is so much more, tucking in whole chapters on the science, folklore, botany, food and history of the middle space (between hunting ground and sleeping cave) where wilderness was tamed and civilization was birthed.” –Oklahoman
 
“Not only is this a compendium that makes us want to curl up in a comfy cove, it’s so packed with deliciousness we want to tuck it in our backpack and haul it everywhere…each page and paragraph is rich; all told storyteller-style.” –The Chicago Tribune
 
 “…unique, succinct, yet comprehensive resource celebrates the folklore and chronicles the flora and fauna that comprise the stunning variety of field habitats across the globe.” –Booklist
 
“Illustrated with 300 photographs and handsome linocut-style prints, the book explains how different landscapes, climates, and cultures produced a variety of field types, from the terraced rice paddies of Southeast Asia to the impenetrable hedgerows of Northwest Europe, each reflecting both ancient traditions and agricultural progress.” –Living the Scientific Life/ Birdbooker Report (http://scienceblogs.com/grrlscientist/2010/03/birdbooker_report_109.php)
 
“The illustrations alone are worth the price of this 224-page paperback.” –The Record (New Jersey)

  • The Field Guide to Fields by National Geographic
  • March 16, 2010
  • Nature
  • National Geographic
  • $21.95
  • 9781426205088

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