The Word On The Street
By Jan Gardner | December 04, 2011
March is a month of awakenings. Sap flows; birds return from their wintering grounds; and mating seasons begin. It’s the month with which Vermont naturalist and wildlife photographer Mary Holland begins her book, “Naturally Curious: A Photographic Field Guide and Month-by-Month Journey through the Fields, Woods, and Marshes of New England’’ (Trafalgar Square).
“Naturally Curious’’ is a fine guide, providing about 900 photographs and dozens of annotated lists of animals, plants, and fungi you might expect to see or hear at various times throughout the year. Holland writes about creatures big and small, from the habits of the bull moose in rut to the migration of the snow flea. Her book is this year’s winner in the nature guidebook category of the National Outdoor Book Awards.
When the Nobel Prize in Literature is conferred on Tomas Tranströmer on Saturday, a handful of poets who got to know him decades ago on Cape Cod will take notice. They fondly remember the Swedish poet from his two teaching residencies 30 years ago at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.