It is hard to miss the nature around us here in Prescott; it is the reason that many of us are here. We are lucky. But how many of us will take the time to walk out to where the Gambel Oaks put on their golden cloaks during their fall finale, pick up a green leaf infused with scarlet to study? Or walk out into the forest and breathe in the vanilla-butterscotch between cracks in the bark of an old growth ponderosa. Leslie's book is here to remind us how of how essential it is for us to stay in touch with these wonders, in touch with our own wonder.— Susan Lang
With dozens of simple prompts and exercises, best-selling author, naturalist, and artist Clare Walker Leslie invites you to step outside for just a few minutes a day, reignite your sense of wonder about the natural world, and discover the peace and grounding that come from connecting with nature. Using stunning photography as well as the author's own original illustrations, The Curious Nature Guide will inspire you to use all of your senses to notice the colors, sounds, smells, and textures of the trees, plants, animals, birds, insects, clouds, and other features that can be seen right outside your home, no matter where you live. Sketch or write about one exceptional nature image each day; learn to identify cloud types and the weather they bring; or create a record of what you see each day as you walk your dog. Easy, enjoyable, and enlightening, these simple exercises will transform your view of the world and your place within it.