Wild Delicate Seconds
112 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Release Date:01 May 2012
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Wild Delicate Seconds

29 Wildlife Encounters

Oregon State University Press

A departure from traditional nature writing, Wild Delicate Seconds is a series of “micro-essays” that convey in concise and poetic description experiences of chance encounter with wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. “A quiet book made up of quiet moments that any of us might have,” these twenty-nine vignettes are a celebration of specific animals, birds, and insects—from black bears to bumble bees. 

Charles Finn describes his subjects in vivid and precise detail, and the succinctness of his essays reflect the brief but powerful magic of an unexpected encounter with “the wild, feathered and furred creatures” who share our planet. Keenly observant and literary, this book will appeal to wildlife enthusiasts and fans of American nature writers such as Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, John Muir, and Mary Oliver.
Charles Finn is editor of High Desert Journal. Before joining HDJ, he taught English as a foreign language in Hiroshima, Japan; hid out in the woods of British Columbia; learned the art of deconstruction in Potomac, Montana; and wrote. He has published in more than 50 newspapers, journals, magazines, and anthologies.



Chapter 1: Cougar

Chapter 2: Black Bear

Chapter 3: Bees

Chapter 4: Ravens

Chapter 5: Red Fox

Chapter 6: Bison

Chapter 7: Red-shafted Flicker

Chapter 8: Water Ouzel

Chapter 9 : Sandhill Cranes

Chapter10: Snowy Owls

Chapter 11: Western Toad

Chapter 12: Great Horned Owl

Chapter 13: Muskrat

Chapter 14: Painted Turtles

Chapter 15: Elk

Chapter 16: Chickadee

Chapter 17: Deer

Chapter 18: Flying Squirrels

Chapter 19: Pygmy Owl

Chapter 20: Two Fawns

Chapter 21: Red-tailed Hawk

Chapter 22: Three-toed Woodpecker

Chapter 23: Western Tiger Swallowtail

Chapter 24: Osprey

Chapter 25: Golden Eagle

Chapter 26: Trumpeter Swans

Chapter 27: Mountain Goat

Chapter 28: Canada Geese

Chapter 29: Great Blue Heron
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