Summer reading

July 5, 2017

Spring has come and gone bringing sun, rain and even frost that jeopardized, even destroyed many cultures (vineyards and fruits especially).  A great loss for farmers. June went by with temperatures that were as hot as in August (30-35°C – 90-100°F). Now here comes July, a time for holidays, rest or travel,  some walking and…reading. Let me share with you some of the books I chose to bring with me up in the alpine area where I am staying right now. Nature and Ecology have been very talked and written about all over the world recently. So I thought I might as well know more about it and read the followings books.books summer 171.jpg“What a Plant knows”  (or How plants experience life) by Daniel Chamovitz

“The Hidden Life of TREES” by Peter Wohlleben

“The Four Elements”, Reflections on Nature, by John O’Donohue.

For my recent birthday I received a very pretty and detailed guide, with beautiful drawings and  texts about a “Nature Guide to the Mountains”. It has been written and drawn by a group of passionate people who, after having published for years a magazine about nature for young people, decided to go a step forward and publish this precious little book which is both helpful and very informative.

Last but not least, I got for myself another great guide to learn how to draw  animals, flowers and plants in 135 ways ! Imagine that. Drawing is something I really never did since  my children and I sat around the kitchen  table and started drawing something that one of us had proposed to do. And… I was not really the best one of the three although it was great fun. So, I thought it was  high time to try doing better, right ?

DSCN1485.JPGIn the first book I already read, “What a Plant Knows” by D. Chamovitz, the author does not define  ” a vegetal intelligence”  about plants. His question is rather :

“Are plants aware ?” and in fact he writes that they are. “They are actually aware of the world around them and of their visual environment, aware of aromas, aware of being touched, aware of their past”.DSCN1492.JPGNext time you walk through a park or to the woods, ask yourself: “What does this yellow flower see ?  Or what does this grass smell ? DSC03837.JPG“Touch the branches of a beech, knowing that the tree will remember it was touched”. I found this book by Daniel Chamovits fascinating and really enlightening. It definitely brings a new light on my daily walks, makes me slow down and look more closely at plants, flowers, Nature and its wonders. And feel grateful for all our planet offers to us.

Wishing you a beautiful Summer, wherever you are.


18 Responses to “Summer reading”

  1. montucky said

    Have a great summer, Isa!

  2. sybil said

    Those look like my sort of books. Is it usually that hot in June ? I’m not a big fan of 30 C weather.

    • Hello Sybil, I think you would enjoy reading those books. June was never that hot before but climate IS changing even if some people prefer to ignore or deny it. Today was in the 35°C, so uncomfortable. All the best to you.

  3. Elisa said

    i really like The Hidden Life of Trees

    • I have just started reading “The Hidden Life of Trees”. Really interesting and amazing to realize all that is happening in a forest, between trees and more. Thanks for the visit, Elisa.

  4. Giiid said

    Very interesting and inspiring post, creating good thoughts. Thank you Isa.

    • Glad you liked it, Giiid. It is amazing and wonderful to discover so much about our many trees on this planet. They have their own life that I was almost totally unaware of. Well worth reading.

  5. Nye said

    I only see plants from my perspective and never once thought to see it from their perspectives. It’s a nice collection, hope you have a good summer.

  6. shoreacres said

    I’ve always talked to my plants, but it never had occurred to me that they might be listening! If they ever respond in a way that I can understand, I’ll be sure to let you know.

    Another book I’ve just finished that you might enjoy is The Art of Seeing Things: Essays by John Burroughs. Burroughs was a naturalist, but in this book the collected essays draw links between seeing in nature, and seeing in the rest of life — as well as the ways that nature can help us learn to see. It’s really an extraordinary book.

    We’ve moved into hothothot now, but it’s not any different this year than in the past. I’m quite happy that’s so — my coping techniques are still allowing me to cope!

    • Thank you Linda for your visit and information about John Burroughs’ book. I will certainly try to find it over here or order it. The title itself appeals to me. Now I have started reading “The Hidden Life of Trees” : truly fascinating and humbling.
      Our weather has cooled down a bit, violent storms have caused much damage in our area, extremes seem to be frequent nowadays.
      I know how hot Texas can be in July/August and I am happy you have your own coping techniques. All the best, dear Linda.

  7. Love your choice of books to read, I love reading about nature and things that grow. I stroke the leaves of some of my plants to tell them they are beautiful or to hang on and be strong. I read that talking to plants was indeed a good a good thing. Hope you enjoy your summer reading in the alps. It all sounds marvelous. Take care, Isa.

    • Thank you for the visit, Yvonne. Always so nice to read you, I hope you are doing well ? Yes, I believe plants do feel how you behave towards them. Their world is so well organized, it shows solidarity too, we would have a lot to learn from them.
      On another note…. I heard someone say one day : “you have to talk meanly to your cactus” : Do you believe this ? 😉
      Take care dear Yvonne.

  8. You are right, Yvonne.

  9. Tammy said

    I just finished two books that would fit right in with your reading. The Secret Life of Plants and Brilliant Green. I definitely am thinking about plants differently now.

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