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During a meteoric career that spanned from 1825 to 1834, David Douglas made the first systematic collections of flora and fauna over many parts of the greater Pacific Northwest. Despite his early death, colleagues in Great Britain attached the Douglas name to more than 80 different species, including the iconic timber tree of the region. David Douglas, a Naturalist at Work is a colorfully illustrated collection of essays that examines various aspects of Douglas's career, demonstrating the connections between his work in the Pacific Northwest of the 19th century and the place we know today. From the Columbia River's perilous bar to luminous blooms of mountain wildflowers; from ever-changing frontiers of technology to the quiet seasonal rhythms of tribal families gathering roots, these essays collapse time to shed light on people and landscapes.
This volume is the companion book to a major museum exhibit about Douglas's Pacific Northwest travels that will open at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Spokane in September 2012.
Nisbet presents the work of undeservedly-obscure 19th-century Scottish naturalist Douglas in this handsomely-illustrated volume, a follow-up to The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest. Like his earlier work, this volume is notable for Nisbet's evocative nature writing: "The orange-red bark on all the trees flakes into thick jigsaw pieces perfect for an ant to climb up or a nuthatch to clamber down." Douglas is best-known today for the species named after him, particularly the Douglas-fir and the Douglas squirrel, but Nisbet is doing his best to change that. Feeling that the prior book "had only begun to touch the dynamic worlds" the scientist saw, the author "went back on the trail" to uncover "additional facets of his career and character." Douglas's illustrations and writings are interspersed with his chronicler's modern-day explorations, and masterfully succeed in bringing the experiences of both men to life.