Archive for July, 2012

A Beautiful Book: America’s Other Audubon

July 31, 2012

After reading several reviews of America’s Other Audubon by Joy M. Kiser, I was finally able to obtain a copy through my local library. This beautiful book has a sad, but ultimately heart-warming story about a family’s ability to cope with tragedy by finishing a young woman’s dream of illustrating the nests and eggs of birds of Ohio and leaving a legacy not only for science but also for artists and others looking to be inspired.

The text is beautifully written and the illustrations are breathtaking …

One of my favorite passages in the book is written in connection with the Baltimore Oriole.  For those of us engaged in art and craft, it gives much to think about. “The depth and beauty of a nest, therefore seems to depend more upon the materials at hand, the experience, genius, and hurry of the workers, than upon any other circumstances, each pair of birds shaping their home after their own ideas.” – Text by Howard Jones, America’s Other Audubon by Joy M. Kiser, Page 24

To learn more about this book and the story behind it, listen to an interview with Joy Kiser at  npr.org.

Another wonderful book about nests is Avian Architecture: How Birds Design, Engineer, and Build by Peter Goodfellow.