Following the Water, David Carroll’s most recent book, describes his annual March-to-November immersion in the mucky wetlands of New Hampshire. Carroll’s keen naturalist’s eye tells the story of treefrogs, hawks, foxes, brook trout, and turtles — always turtles, that constant focus throughout most of Carroll’s work.
Here is Carroll, soon after the ice thins in early spring: “I capture the turtle, hold him long enough to identify him for my notes and also simply to touch him….Ultimately I cannot justify even the briefest intervention but take him in hand. I cannot fully touch the season until I touch a turtle.”
Following the Water, like all of David Carroll’s books, has the feel of a naturalist’s notebook — full of minute observations, along with vivid and precise drawings and watercolors. For more information, take a fun trip to David Carroll’s website.
And here’s four more of David’s books from the Land Library’s shelves:
Self-Portrait with Turtles: A Memoir, The Year of the Turtle: A Natural History, Swampwalker’s Journal: A Wetlands Year (winner of the John Burroughs Medal for distinguished nature writing), Trout Reflections: A Natural History of the Trout and Its World.