The Field Guide to Fields: Hidden Treasures of Meadows, Prairies, and Pastures

3.81 avg rating
( 16 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9781426205088: The Field Guide to Fields: Hidden Treasures of Meadows, Prairies, and Pastures

For millennia, fields in their myriad forms have been among the most fundamental elements of the landscape of human civilization. Illustrated with 300 photographs and handsome linocut-style prints, the book explains how different landscapes, climates, and cultures produced a variety of field types, from the terraced rice paddies of Southeast Asia to the impenetrable hedgerows of Northwest Europe, each reflecting both ancient traditions and agricultural progress. We see how Old World methods were adapted to new environments like the American prairie, the Australian outback, the African veldt, and the Argentinean pampas. We trace the development of the implements we’ve devised to work our fields, from hand tools to modern tractors and mechanical harvesters.

And as we learn to recognize various types of fields, we also explore their characteristic flora—wildflowers, grasses, and nourishing plants like grains, herbs, mushrooms, fruits and berries— and fauna, from tiny but indispensable bugs to field-mice, sheep, cattle, and more. Detailed identification guides catalog a wealth of plant and animal life, and wide-ranging sidebars discuss everything from how to plow a field and sow seeds to how to plant a hedge, build a dry stone wall, and shear a sheep.

Here too the rich diversity of field folklore, from rural superstitions, fairy rings, and crop circles, to local legends, weather lore, folk remedies, and more. Both a thoughtful and colorful gift and a practical, informative reference, The Field Guide to Fields portrays an intriguing no-man’s-land between true, chaotic wilderness and the orderly arrangement of human communities.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

“…so much more than a field guide, tucking in whole chapters on the science, folklore, botany, food and history…” – McClatchy Newspapers (The Buffalo News)
 
“It claims to be a field guide, and indeed it is, a primer on the bucolic treasure that is the meadow, prairie, pasture or plain. But [it] is so much more, tucking in whole chapters on the science, folklore, botany, food and history of the middle space (between hunting ground and sleeping cave) where wilderness was tamed and civilization was birthed.” – Oklahoman
 
“Not only is this a compendium that makes us want to curl up in a comfy cove, it’s so packed with deliciousness we want to tuck it in our backpack and haul it everywhere…each page and paragraph is rich; all told storyteller-style.” – The Chicago Tribune
 
 “…unique, succinct, yet comprehensive resource celebrates the folklore and chronicles the flora and fauna that comprise the stunning variety of field habitats across the globe.” – Booklist
 
“Illustrated with 300 photographs and handsome linocut-style prints, the book explains how different landscapes, climates, and cultures produced a variety of field types, from the terraced rice paddies of Southeast Asia to the impenetrable hedgerows of Northwest Europe, each reflecting both ancient traditions and agricultural progress.” –Living the Scientific Life/ Birdbooker Report (http://scienceblogs.com/grrlscientist/2010/03/birdbooker_report_109.php)
 
“The illustrations alone are worth the price of this 224-page paperback.” – The Record (New Jersey)

From Booklist:

Not for nothing are “amber waves of grain” celebrated in our national anthem, but set aside the iconic imagery, and the fact still remains that fields of oats, wheat, rice, and corn have sustained the world’s great civilizations since time began. Yet how, when, and why this agricultural phenomenon and landscape paragon came into being has been both a source of mystery for archaeologists and fount of inspiration for artists who recognize and celebrate the importance and beauty of fields. From rice paddies in Asia to sheep meadows in Australia, from Mideastern olive groves to Midwestern corn fields, nearly 40 percent of the earth’s surface is covered with crop fields that feed the human population and fuel its productivity. Exploring the history of today’s modern farm fields, examining the impact of environmental threats, and mapping the future of field management, Laws’ unique, succinct yet comprehensive resource celebrates the folklore and chronicles the flora and fauna that comprise the stunning variety of field habitats across the globe. --Carol Haggas

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Bill Laws
Published by National Geographic (2010)
ISBN 10: 1426205082 ISBN 13: 9781426205088
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller
My Bookhaus
(Evanston, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description National Geographic, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: NEW. Brand new, direct from the publisher, this book is clean and bright, with no creases, no tears, and no markings. Never been opened! In stock, ready to ship now from Evanston, IL!. Bookseller Inventory # 120584

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 7.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Bill Laws
Published by Random House Inc
ISBN 10: 1426205082 ISBN 13: 9781426205088
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Magers and Quinn Booksellers
(Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House Inc. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Includes everything it's supposed to include. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 792605

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 5.84
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Bill Laws
ISBN 10: 1426205082 ISBN 13: 9781426205088
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97814262050881.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.96
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Bill Laws
Published by National Geographic
ISBN 10: 1426205082 ISBN 13: 9781426205088
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description National Geographic. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 1426205082 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Bookseller Inventory # SWATI2122027647

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.57
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Bill Laws
Published by National Geographic (2010)
ISBN 10: 1426205082 ISBN 13: 9781426205088
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description National Geographic, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 1426205082

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 21.97
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Bill Laws
Published by National Geographic (2010)
ISBN 10: 1426205082 ISBN 13: 9781426205088
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description National Geographic, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1426205082

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 20.86
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Bill Laws
Published by National Geographic (2010)
ISBN 10: 1426205082 ISBN 13: 9781426205088
New Paperback Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description National Geographic, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111426205082

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 29.35
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds