Science and Nature: The Colonel’s Reading List

The Colonel's Reading List from Manning the Wall

The reading list feature on this blog really has me thinking about what I’ve collected over the last 30+ years.  Journaling about our efforts and progress with respect to the library renovation has been something of a focusing tool.

Tuesday of this week, Lois and I stopped in at Forest Inn Kiln to augment our deposit. They were not expecting us but invited us into the shop to inspect the work. The maple desktops were clamped together and drying between treatments. Satisfied that the work was proceeding… on someone’s schedule, but proceeding none-the-less, we continued on our way to pick up the new carpet. Low end, high traffic, but still a punch in the wallet. I don’t know how some people spend upwards of $7 a square foot. Pretty sure I don’t want to know.

The books are still sitting in the playroom snug in the bins, which reminds me, I need to change out the water in the dehumidifier.

That being said, here are the some science and nature books from the reading list.  You can click on the photos and it will bring you to Amazon, where you can purchase the books for your own library.  Amazon and my site are really good friends.  Just so you know, I’m an affiliate for Amazon which means  I earn a small commission when you shop through Amazon, BUT your cost is the same.

Bother Wolf: A Forgotten Promise, Jim Brandenburg, 1993.

Brandenburg is a nature photographer who provides a pretty interesting narrative of his experiences observing timber wolves in the wild. The reader is treated to a discourse on natural history. The wolf’s past is presented in readable form with special emphasis on its relationships with humankind.

A gift from my sister many years ago, this is one of those books I find myself leafing through from time to time. The photography is first rate, of course, providing into the numerous moods and perspectives of the wolf.

Brother Wolf featured on Manning the Wall

Universe: The Definitive Visual Guide, Martin Reese (Editor) 1995.

One of my favorite coffee table books, Universe touches on both physics and natural history giving the reader a comprehensive and orderly summation of, “what’s out there.” Definitely not a beach read this is one of those toms that you take in sips. The reader is given some back ground in basic physics, astronomy, and geometry in a light, entertaining way. The depictions of our universe are presented thought enhanced photography, graphs, charts, drawings, and computer imaging. Starting with our own Solar System, the reader is given a tour of observable space with some informed speculation of what may lay beyond.

Universe The Definitive Visual Guide featured on Manning the Wall

The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss, Claire Nouvian, 2007.

Well written and brilliantly presented, The Deep gives the reader a look into the world’s oceans that nearly none of us will ever see up close. For the overwhelming majority, our acquaintance with the world’s oceans is limited to a thin ribbon within a few feet of dry land. The photography is stunning. One take away for me was the delicate appearance of some of the species of marine life coupled with their ability to withstand the pressure at depths of several thousand feet. The Deep offers a myriad of species that Jules Verne never imagined.

The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss featured on Manning the Wall


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3 Responses to Science and Nature: The Colonel’s Reading List

  1. Ginny Steensma says:

    Love Brandenburg’s work. This book in particular. An amazing collection.

  2. Harry Robinson says:

    Going to put Brandenburg’s book on my list to order. It looks like a grab book. MMR

  3. Liz Jo says:

    These all sound like books to put on the reading list!

    Thanks for linking up with Welcome Home Wednesdays! Live every Wednesday at 7AM CT.

    liz @ j for joiner

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