This week’s feature takes a slightly different format as we wanted to introduce you to a wilderness thinker we have selected in memoriam, Nan Shepherd (1893 – 1981). We introduce her work, The Living Mountain, through a re-reading and link to a radio broadcast by Robert Macfarlane, an english scholar who writes about landscape, place, travel and nature. The broadcast includes extracts from Shepherd’s work alongside Robert Macfarlane’s narration of his ‘poetic pilgrimage’ to her beloved Cairngorms. Read more……
In a break with our usual format, we wanted to start Thinking Wilderness in 2015 by honoring this key figure and instigator of the wilderness movement by directing you to a seminal text that acknowledges the importance of all organisms in an ecosystem, including predators.
Aldo Leopold coined the phrase “Thinking like a Mountain” with an essay by the same name in his book A Sand County Almanac. The essay poetically depicts the long-term ecological impacts of killing a wolf by presenting the concept of a trophic cascade. Leopold’s direct experience of this idea changed his understanding of Wilderness. Read his work and more about our choice to feature it HERE.
As we start the year, we look forward to diverse contributions to Thinking Wilderness and hope that the project continues to stimulate and add to the on-going conversations around Wilderness. We hope to hear from you!
Happy New Year!
– Anita and Claire