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By Alexander F. Skutch, Dana Gardner

Captivated whereas nonetheless younger via the elegance and large quantity of the tropics, Alexander Skutch, world-renowned ornithologist and writer of twelve books on tropical birds, resolved to commit his existence to its research and interpretation. For good over part a century, he has painstakingly saw the creatures that encompass him, rather the birds, and he has proposal lengthy and deeply - maybe greater than such a lot naturalists - concerning the value of this ample existence. during this reflective account of existence within the tropics, Skutch deals readers either his observations and his interpretations of what he has skilled. He brings a considerate, unequaled voice to the outline of the area he has grown to grasp and comprehend, an international thought of forbidding through such a lot northerners and nonetheless mostly unexplored.

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By a marvelous transformation that we are far from understanding, this drab optical image becomes the often richly colored visual image that illuminates our consciousness, showing us in the wide landscape instead of the landscape in us and with everything right side up. This visual inversion, whereby we see ourselves in the world instead of the world in us, has far-reaching spiritual as well as practical consequences. If the visual image were the same as the optical image, it would be a poor guide to action, possibly making us try to thread a needle or plant a garden that appeared to be inside our heads, and doubtless it was to promote effective action that the visual inversion evolved.

By a marvelous transformation that we are far from understanding, this drab optical image becomes the often richly colored visual image that illuminates our consciousness, showing us in the wide landscape instead of the landscape in us and with everything right side up. This visual inversion, whereby we see ourselves in the world instead of the world in us, has far-reaching spiritual as well as practical consequences. If the visual image were the same as the optical image, it would be a poor guide to action, possibly making us try to thread a needle or plant a garden that appeared to be inside our heads, and doubtless it was to promote effective action that the visual inversion evolved.

The earliest flowering plants were apparently wind-pollinated, like modern oaks and poplars, and their seeds were scattered mainly by gravity or breezes. But as the flowering plants diversified, they depended increasingly upon animals to transfer their pollen and disseminate their seeds. The more varied the flora, the more necessary the services of winged pollinators became. In temperate-zone woodlands, composed of many individuals of few kinds of trees that in early spring are leafless or covered with thin needles like pines, wind pollination is effective but wasteful.

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