On this SlideShare page, you will find several Power Point presentations, onefor each of the most popular essays to read aloud from A Sand County Almanacat Aldo Leopold Weekend events. Each presentation has the essay text right onthe slides, paired with beautiful images that help add a visual element to publicreadings. Dave Winefske (Aldo Leopold Weekend event planner from Argyle,Wisconsin) gets credit for putting these together. Thanks Dave!A note on images within the presentations: we have only received permissionto use these images within these presentations, as part of this event. You willsee a photo credit slide as the last image in every presentation. Please be sureto show that slide to your audience at least once, and if you dont mind leavingit up to show at the end of each essay, that is best. Also please note that we donot have permission to use these images outside of Aldo Leopold Weekendreading event presentations. For example, the images that come from the AldoLeopold Foundation archive are not “public domain,” yet we see unauthorizeduses of them all the time on the internet. So, hopefully that’s enough said onthis topic—if you have any questions, just let us know. firstname.lastname@example.orgIf you download these presentations to use in your event, feel free to delete thisintro slide before showing to your audience.
There are some who can livewithout wild things, and somewho cannot. These essays are thedelights and dilemmas of one whocannot.
… I watch eagerly a certain country graveyard that I pass in driving to and from my farm.It is an ordinarygraveyard, bordered bythe usual spruces, andstudded with the usualpink granite or whitemarble headstones …
What a thousand acres of Silphiumlooked like when they tickled thebellies of the buffalo is a questionnever again to be answered, andperhaps not to be asked.
AUGUST: The Green PastureI know a painting so evanescent that it is seldom viewed at all …
A tree tries toargue, barelimbs waving,but there is nodetainingthe wind.
Axe-in-HandA conservationist is onewho is humbly aware thatwith each stroke he iswriting his signature onthe face of the land.Signatures of course differ,whether written with axeor pen, and this is as itshould be.
The quality ofcranes, Ithink, lies inthis highergamut, as yetbeyond thereach ofwords.
And so they live and have their being – these cranes – not in the constrictedpresent, but in the wider reaches of evolutionary time.
Like a white ghost of a glacier, the mists advance … sliding acrossbogmeadows heavy with dew. A single silence hangs from horizonto horizon.
THE SAND COUNTIESPerhaps the farmers who did not want to move out of the Sand Countieshad some deep reason, rooted far back in history, for preferring to stay.
ON A MONUMENT TO THE PIGEONFor one species to mournanother is a new thingunder the sun.
FLAMBEAUYet there remains the river, in a few spots hardly changed since PaulBunyan‟s day; at early dawn, before the motor boats awaken, one can stillhear it singing in the wilderness.
ILLINOIS BUS RIDEI am sitting in a 60-mile-an-hour bus sailing over a highway originally laid outfor horse and buggy … in the narrow thread of sod between the shaved banksand the toppling fences grow the relics of what once was Illinois: the prairie.
I now suspect that just as a deer herd lives in mortal fear of its wolves, so does a mountain live in mortal fear of its deer.THINKING LIKE A MOUNTAIN
This song of the waters is audible to every ear, but there is other music in these hills, by no means audible to all. To hear even a few notes of it you must live here a long time, and you must know the speech of hills and rivers.SONG OF THE GAVILAN
CLANDEBOYEEducation, Ifear, islearning to seeone thing bygoing blind toanother. Onething most ofus have goneblind to is thequality ofmarshes.
CONSERVATION ESTHETICTo promote perception is the only trulycreative part of recreational engineering.
Public policies for outdoor recreation are controversial … thus the WildernessSociety seeks to exclude roads from the hinterlands, and the Chamber ofCommerce to extend them, both in the name of recreation.
Let us now consider another component of recreation, which ismore subtle and complex: the feeling of isolation in nature.
Photo Credits•Historic photographs: Aldo Leopold Foundation archives•A Sand County Almanac photographs by Michael Sewell•David Wisnefske, Sugar River Valley Pheasants Forever, Wisconsin Environmental Education Board, WisconsinEnvironmental Education Foundation, Argyle Land Ethic Academy (ALEA)•UW Stevens Point Freckmann Herbarium, R. Freckmann, V.Kline, E. Judziewicz, K. Kohout, D. Lee, K Sytma, R.Kowal, P. Drobot, D. Woodland, A. Meeks, R. Bierman•Curt Meine, (Aldo Leopold Biographer)•Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Education for Kids (EEK)•Hays Cummins, Miami of Ohio University•Leopold Education Project, Ed Pembleton•Bird Pictures by Bill Schmoker•Pheasants Forever, Roger Hill•Ruffed Grouse Society•US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Forest Service•Eric Engbretson•James Kurz•Owen Gromme Collection•John White & Douglas Cooper•National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)•Ohio State University Extension, Buckeye Yard and Garden Online•New Jersey University, John Muir Society, Artchive.com, and Labor Law Talk