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Falling for Snow

A Naturalist's Journey into the World of Winter

by (author) Jamie Bastedo

foreword by Arthur Black

Red Deer Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2003
Environmental Science
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2003
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In this spirited mix of humor, science and adventure, naturalist Jamie Bastedo takes you on an uncommon romp through snow. Share in the quest of early snow scientists to unravel snow's many riddles:ul type=square>

Meet a madcap balloonist who risked it all to inspect snowstorms five miles up.

Join snow ecologists as they gauge the importance of snow in shaping the lives of plants and animals.

Pull your hair out with urban leaders, road crews, and train engineers as they do battle with paralyzing piles of snow.

Discover the imprint of snow on native languages and some of our best art and literature.

Explore the outer limits of snow-based recreation.

And follow in Bastedo's foot, ski and snowshoe tracks as he guides you across creaking glaciers, through hushed evergreen forests and over frozen arctic seas in a playful exploration of the many facets and meanings of snow.As inspirational as it is informative, this light-hearted book will appeal to anyone with even the slightest curiosity about that white stuff you will never again call "plain old snow."

About the authors

Jamie Bastedo, former CBC North host and author of Shield Country: The Life and Times of the Oldest Piece of the Planet, Reaching North: A Celebration of the Subarctic and Blue Lake and Rocky Shores, reflects on the charm and mystery of the Canadian Shield. He writes to inform and to inspire, telling a "story of place." He lives in Yellowknife, NWT and operates a touring company that takes tourists on tours of the North and also runs an environmental consulting company.

Jamie Bastedo's profile page

Arthur Black's growing collection of award-winning books include Pitch Black, Black Tie and Tales (Stoddart Publishing) and Black in the Saddle Again, all of which won him the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. He hosted CBC Radio One's Basic Black program from 1983 until 2002, while also using his comedic talents to host Life Television Network's Weird Homes and Weird Wheels. His recently released audio CD, Planet Salt Spring, features tales from his adopted home of Salt Spring Island, BC Canada.

Arthur Black's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"Perfect if you want to experience winter vicariously."

-- Yellowknifer

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