The Forest Unseen is set on a wooded slope in Shakerag Hollow in Sewanee, Tennessee. These photographs show a small slice of the visual richness found in this mountain hollow. As you view the slideshow, bring to mind your other senses: the warm smell of the leaf litter in early spring, the feel of rough tree bark under your palm as you move through the forest, the thumping chorus of katydids roaring through the night, and the variegated sounds of wind in trees.
To stop the slideshow or to move through it at your own pace, move your mouse over the photographs and click the control buttons. Photo credits: David Haskell
A short introductory video is available on YouTube.
Readings by the author:
Readings and interviews on NPR/PRI:
Readings from the field:
I recorded these short excerpts in the field. With the exception of Twigs, which was recorded in a small cave during a downpour, the recordings are all from the “forest mandala” where the book was born.
Small computer speakers generally will not do justice to the natural background sound on these recordings. Cicadas and woodpeckers sound best with external speakers, headphones, or earbuds. Rain and thunder are likewise best experienced with good speakers.
Web browsers differ in how they handle sound files, so I have uploaded two files for each excerpt, the first is mp3 and the second is m4a. Depending on your browser, you’ll either see a “play” button, an option to download, or both. Enjoy…
Excerpt from Alarm Waves (pages 184-5):
Excerpt from Twigs (pages 218-219): I recorded this one while huddled in a rock shelter during a fabulous thunderstorm. The mic was just a few inches from my mouth, but the pounding noise of the rain was so loud that I had to strain my voice to be heard. Great fun and, as you’ll hear, appropriate to the subject matter.
Excerpt from Earthstar (pages 156-157)
Excerpt from Sunfleck (pages 143-4):