For almost thirty years, Merrill Gilfillan has written outdoor
columns devoted primarily to describing and creating moods about
the world of nature. These columns are informed by a rural
background and field notes from more than sixty years of outdoor
experience. In Gilfillan's words, Observation is more of the mind
than of vision; our attitude is the secret of original observation.
I choose the subjective approach to outdoor enjoyment. I did this
after training in zoology and twenty years of field work as a
wildlife biologist?.We should learn to seek our own original view
of what we observe?.The scientific method is necessary to gain
facts, but the manner in which one experiences the facts is what
will determine their final value to the individual and, perhaps, to
society. Moods of the Ohio Moons is the product of this subjective
method of observation, balanced with scientific knowledge, and
intended to encourage readers to explore their own individual
appreciation and understanding of nature. Twelve essays, one for
each month, relate incidents and events?weather, diagnostic events,
vegetation an wildlife, agriculture, trends of land use, an the
wild harvest?that contribute to the mood of the time. As Gilfillan
demonstrates, each month has its mood established primarily by
nature and only secondarily by humans.
Kent State University Press
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Merrill C. Gilfillan
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