Bill Lattrell pens Wild Ramblings, “a New England Ecologist’s Writings . . .” Latrell recently confided with readers that Eiseley had been a major influence in his late teenage years. Lattrell read The Immense Journey before his career began, then read Eisley’s other works, and was greatly moved by them. But when Eiseley’s All the Strange Hours was released, Lattrell was saddened to find that Eiseley had, in Lattrell’s understanding of the book, decided that “there was no hope for the human race, that we would never understand our place in the natural world . . .”
Lattrell says he revived his hope for the species through the writings of James Lovelock and later Janine Benyus, all the while conceding that neither had the literary prowess that Eiseley possessed.
“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” Loren Eiseley-great American anthropologist, naturalist, and teacher.
I stood on the shores of this northern Canadian lake. The sky was dark and angry. Small gray waves, whipped up by a northwestern breeze, chopped at the shoreline dredging the golden sand and gravel around from my feet. Many of these lakes in northern Quebec are vast and this body of water was not an exception. I came here because the countryside is wild.