Seeing the Raven: A Narrative of Renewal by Peter M. Leschak

By Peter M. Leschak

In Seeing the Raven, Peter M. Leschak blends humor, philosophy, and a willing feel of nature's attractiveness and demanding situations. Drawing on his many pursuits -- fly fishing and wild-land hearth struggling with, yard astronomy and ecology, chain saws and ice skates, turtles and timberwolves -- he confronts questions that go beyond the details of his event. wealthy with anecdotes and allusions, its moments of pathos and pleasure spread opposed to the gorgeous, although frequently forbidding, panorama of northeastern Minnesota. it's a e-book approximately loss of life, renewal, and a look for that means in nature.

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Attacked in a raging swarm of self-defense? It was a fantasy straight out of horror movies and nightmares, but for a moment it seemed plausible down there in the widows' den. After all, I was surrounded. My second impulse was to fly out of the hole and never return. But the foreman was still grinning, and I suddenly realized that this was a test. Was I worthy of this crew? What was this greenhorn made of? I understood that if I leapt out of that hole the foreman would laugh until he choked, and the story would dog me for the rest of my tenure.

Tourists . . turtle... " In the morning I had an errand at the store, so I drove out slowly, creeping around the corner before the traditional nesting ground. I passed more ruts, and a discarded beer can. The turtle was there, in precisely the spot we'd seen her the night before. Her shell was crushed, but she was still attempting to dig. I make part of my living as a wildland firefighter, and over the years I've seen dead animals on the fire ground (though not as many as you might think). Until that morning, the most pathetic sight I'd encountered was a blackened wetland area (during the '88 drought] where a particularly hot blaze had overtaken dozens of turtles.

I know of some hunters who will only shoot at a grouse on the wing, who think it "unsporting" to blast one off a perch or on the ground. They'll go so far as to shake a tree to force a reluctant bird to take off. It's supposed to be more fun. But if the main objective is good shooting, then why not stick with skeet or trap? Why not shatter clay pigeons instead of ripping flesh and blood? Why kill for amusement? "But we keep the meat," say the sportsmen. Sure, most of the grouse end up in the freezer.

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