At the Water's Edge: A Walk in the Wild by John Lister-Kaye

By John Lister-Kaye

For the final thirty years John Lister-Kaye, certainly one of Britain’s best-known nature writers, has taken an analogous round stroll from his domestic deep in a Scottish glen as much as a small hill loch. on a daily basis brings a brand new remark or a unforeseen come upon – a delicate spider’s net, an osprey suffering to boost a trout from the water or a woodcock exquisitely camouflaged on her nest – and each day, on his go back domestic, he documents his techniques in a magazine. Drawing in this life of shut statement, John Lister-Kaye’s new booklet encourages us to seem back on the nature round us and to find its wildness for ourselves. It additionally forges excellent connections among the main not likely of matters: photosynthesis and the strength cycle, Norse mythology, weasels and body spray, and the over-population of our planet. on the Water’s aspect is a lyrical hymn to the natural world of england, and a strong caution to appreciate and safeguard it.

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SEA-ANEMONE ACTING AS BOAT. "WATER-SNAIL ACTING A3 BOAT- BIRCH-BARK CANOE. PUPA SKIN OF GNAT ACTING AS BOAT. that the shell is downward, spreads out the foot as widely as possible, and then contracts it in the centre, so as to form it into a shallow boat. The carrying capacity of this boat is necessarily small, but as the shell and nearly the whole of the animal are submerged, and therefore mostly sustained by the water, a very small amount of flotative power is sufficient for the purpose. Some- 8 NATURE'S TEACHINGS.

The improvement to which I refer is that which is now almost universally employed in the construction of iron ships, namely, the making the outer shell double instead of single, and dividing it into a number of separate compartments. Putting aside the advantage that if the vessel were stove, only one compartment would fill, we have the fact that the ship is at the same time TRANSVERSE SECTION OF IKON SHIP. STELLATE TISSUES. LONGITUDINAL SECTION OF IRON SHIP. enormously strengthened and very light in proportion to her bulk.

ANOTHER great improvement in ship-building now comes before us. We have already seen that the earliest boats were merely hollowed logs, just as Eobinson Crusoe is represented to have made But these had many disadvantages. They were always too heavy. They were liable to split, on account of flaws in the wood, and if a large vessel were needed, it was difficult to find a tree sufficiently large, or to get it down to the water when finished. So the next idea was to build a skeleton, so to speak, of light wooden beams, and to surround it with an outer clothing or SKELETON OF FISH AND BOAT.

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