Explorations in the Ordinary: A Backyard Naturalist's View of Minnesota
Author: David R. Moffatt
Description: The most intriguing aspects of nature are often the most ordinary at first glance. A dandelion possesses a complexity and beauty equal to that of the most exotic orchid; an agate plucked from the shore of a lake mirrors wonders that eyes attracted only to diamonds will never know. We need not travel far to see these things nor do we need to study deeply to know them. A few moments of quiet in our own backyards is enough. We often don't appreciate the drama and uniqueness of little things. The essays and photos included here are drawn from the rich, varied settings found in Minnesota and reflect the complexity in its countryside as well as the beauty of ordinary things.