Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Joe Hutto: The Light In High Places
Once again, Joe Hutto has written a book that allows us to experience an environment we don't normally have access to. This time it's Bighorn Sheep habitat high in the Wind River Mountain range of Wyoming.
In the mid-90s, Hutto published Illumination in the Flatwoods, his observations and reflections about raising a brood of motherless turkeys. The writing in his new book, The Light In High Places: A Naturalist Looks at Wyoming Wilderness, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Cowboys, and Other Rare Species, traverses the wide sweep of landscapes and emotions Hutto experienced during many years of gathering information for The Whiskey Mountain Bighorn Sheep Study. He also backtracks to tell a few stories about his early years in Wyoming, when snow was deep and bear encounters were frequent.
The Light In High Places combines intimate wildlife observations with intimate personal observations. And those observations shine a bright light on the disturbing environmental devastation that is occurring far, far away from the cause: our consumption-crazed urban behaviors.