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Despite her illness, Mary Stratton practiced a com- Page xii petent domesticity, in both the farmhouse and the farmyard, which taught Gene to care for hens and vegetable gardens, as well as wild birds and wildflowers. By 1874, personal and financial hardships had forced the Strattons to move off their farm and into the town of Wabash. For the next thirteen years, Geneva Stratton lived in boarding houses and with a married sister. She did not have a garden, and her time in the natural world was limited to brief summer visits to the chautauquas on Sylvan Lake, northwest of Wabash.

Cm.  ).  Title. 52dc20 95-48024 Paperback cover photograph: "Moths of the Carnival" (Eacles imperiales: the Yellow Emperor) Frontispiece: "Coming Through the Swamp"Gene Stratton Porter Book design by Richard Firmage Page v To Terry, Trevor and Hilary and Charity who keep me moving on Page vii Contents Preface ix Introduction xi "A Wonder Tale" from Tales You Won't Believe 1 "Earning a Title" and "A Gift of the Birds" from Homing With the Birds 8 "What Birds Say and Sing" from Homing With the Birds 23 "Song of the Cardinal" from The Song of the Cardinal 33 "The Blue Heron" from What I Have Done With Birds 43 "Black Vulture" from What I Have Done With Birds 48 "Wherein Freckles Proves His Mettle and Finds Friends" from Freckles 55 "Wherein Margaret Sinton Reveals a Secret .

There was charm in every foot of that dark, marshy old Northern forest, in the narrow river flowing swiftly over its bed of golden sand, in the rushy, moss-covered swamps which bordered it, and in the clear, cool air perfumed with dank odours and the resin of pines. This passage and what follows are comparable in structure and purpose to the opening passage of Mary Austin's The Land of Little Rain and the words approach Austin's in their ability to move the reader to a new vision of nature. Page xviii Photographic work makes certain demands upon the naturalist.

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