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Phillip Manning's writing has appeared in Backpacker, Field and Stream, the Washington Post, and several other publications. His first book, Afoot in the South: Walks in the Natural Areas of North Carolina, was a finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Award in the travel-narrative category in 1993 and his essay "The Land Ethic Revisited" was runner-up for the best environmental essay of 1995 in Nike's earthwrite awards. Other books by Manning include Palmetto Journal: Walks in the Natural Areas of South Carolina and Orange Blossom Trails: Walks in the Natural Areas of Florida. A Ph.D. graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he lives and writes there now with his wife, Diane, the illustrator for all his books.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
As the sun rises higher in the sky, the gray globs of butterflies hanging from the oyamel fir trees slowly turn to orange as the monarchs open their wings to absorb sunlight. As they warm up, more and more of them take to the air. Soon, the woods are full of butterflies_a swirling, dazzling, kaleidoscope of bright orange flickers among the somber firs.
The monarchs fly only a short distance, then land on rocks, bushes, and on my head. The path turns orange as thousands of butterflies light on it. How many monarchs are here? I have no idea. One entomologist estimated that over 100 million of them winter in these remote Mexican mountains. Certainly here, at this one site in El Rosario Preserve, they number in the millions.
One slightly tattered monarch lights on the back of my hand and sips salty sweat. Could I have seen this same butterfly back home in North Carolina? Could this fragile creature have flown a thousand or more miles? Over the years, many lepidopterists have asked themselves that question, and only recently have they learned the answer.
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Book Description John F. Blair Publisher, 1999. Hard Cover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition, First Printing. This is a new hardcover first edition, first printing copy in a new mylar protected DJ, green spine. Flat signed by the author on the title page. With a round white AUTOGRAPHED COPY sticker on the DJ. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 080570