For more than 20 million years, the common loon has been a significant symbol of the northern wilderness. To prehistoric people as well as modern-day nature watchers, it has epitomized the spirit of nature at its finest...
In Adventures With Grapenut, John M. Rockwood has captured that spirit in words and images. Through sensitive, close encounters with a family of loons during one summer, Rockwood becomes a familiar visitor to the family’s circle. He records the day-to-day life of a loon pair as they raise their chick. From the time the chick is only four days old to its exit from the freshwater lake on day 125, Rockwood experiences the first summer in the life of a loon, filled with adventures ranging from near-death to the joy of first flight.
The most spectacular aspect of this work is the intimate photography. Rockwood faithfully visited the loon family throughout the summer to create incredible digital images showing the growth and progress of the chick and the attentiveness of its parents.
Unlike many boaters on lakes with loons, Rockwood was not an intruder. To the contrary, he was a welcomed acquaintance to the family circle. So much so that the chick played games with the author, including hide-and-seek that always ended with the chick popping up next to the author’s kayak.
John Rockwood’s account of the early life and adventures of a sooty little loon offers both adults and children rare insight into the wonderful world of nature. George H. Harrison
Nature author/ Backyard Birder , editor/Birds and Blooms Magazine , columnist and PBS producer
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