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reading Wednesday

I am, in fact, reading something that I can talk about for reading Wednesday! Specifically I am, slowly and in very small chunks, reading an Audubon field guide to deserts. Right now I'm reading about the peculiarities of high-salinity soil and how that affects vegetation. Eventually, I suppose, I'll move to reading individual species entries, although I will say I wish they were organized by region or something. I realize that would be less useful as an organizational tool when all you have to go on is, "It's a yellow flower," but it'd be nicer for browsing, IMO.

Anyway: it is very soothing, like watching a nature documentary. And now I know what "riparian" and "playa" and "gypsum" means in this context! W00t!

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dhampyresa
Jul. 17th, 2014 08:30 pm (UTC)
That actually sounds like a really cool book. What is it called?
snickfic
Jul. 18th, 2014 01:50 am (UTC)
It's Deserts, by from the Audubon Society Nature Guides Series. It's by James A. MacMahon (with a bunch of other contributors as well). I mean, it really is just a field guide, with color plates of the different plant and animal species. But, soothing!
dhampyresa
Jul. 18th, 2014 08:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
owenthurman
Jul. 18th, 2014 02:22 am (UTC)
I do love the desert. Don't hesitate to add Abbey's _Desert_Solitare_ to the desert reading list.
snickfic
Jul. 18th, 2014 03:17 am (UTC)
I've heard of that, I think! I'll keep it in mind. :)
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