By most reckonings, winter begins on 21 December – the winter solstice – however in The Well-read Naturalist library, winter arrived on 26 October this year. I speak, of course, not about the season itself, rather about the fourth and completing volume of the quartet of seasonal anthologies edited by Melissa Harrison and published by Elliott & Thompson.
Brilliant. Thoughtful. Heartening. Reflective. Inspirational. Fortifying. Delightful. Amazing. Gentle. Magical. Enthralling. Transformative. Relaxing. Beautiful. These are only some of the words I have already used in conversations, both in person and virtual, to describe Melissa Harrison’s superb (there’s another…) Autumn: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons.
In the spirit of the great American natural history writer Edwin Way Teale, Pete Dunne’s Prairie Spring chronicles the unfolding of a season in a manner reminiscent of the very best American natural history authors.