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It always add an element of complexity to review a book by someone you know and respect, but here goes.The meat of the book is about the Altamaha River and everything that surrounds, influences, or inhabits it forests, people, plants, mussels, birds, the weather All of this is excellent and first rate writing typical of Janisse Ray After the river is a diatribe against clear cutting and the nuclear plant in which the usual beauty of her writing is obscured by her anger I didn t like this par It always add an element of complexity to review a book by someone you know and respect, but here goes.The meat of the book is about the Altamaha River and everything that surrounds, influences, or inhabits it forests, people, plants, mussels, birds, the weather All of this is excellent and first rate writing typical of Janisse Ray After the river is a diatribe against clear cutting and the nuclear plant in which the usual beauty of her writing is obscured by her anger I didn t like this part not because of things she says, but because it wasn t the quality of writing that I expect from her But in the last chapters, her style returns and shethan makes up for what a few chapters lack I will stick with my 5 star rating, and I look forward to reading the Seed Underground Off to a great start please set me adift on a river, any river And in the end, beautiful writing about a huge watershed that I ve never explored but now will Janisse is a fierce voice for conservation of the water and longleaf pine she loves in FL and in GA her work and her writing are making a difference. Sometimes she raves too much but I don t know why it should bother me since I agree with her for the most part However, when you read passages like the one below and there are many , you know this is a good book and worth your time I, then, pull against all the force of the outgoing tide, and of the gravity of the emptying river, and also the cloud thick sky And I bring back the entire sea in a fish, and the universe, and when the senator scoops it out of the night waters, it is a channel c Sometimes she raves too much but I don t know why it should bother me since I agree with her for the most part However, when you read passages like the one below and there are many , you know this is a good book and worth your time I, then, pull against all the force of the outgoing tide, and of the gravity of the emptying river, and also the cloud thick sky And I bring back the entire sea in a fish, and the universe, and when the senator scoops it out of the night waters, it is a channel catfish possibly a hair bigger than his own, the first one I never dreamed I could catch such a thing Janisse Ray Janisse Ray is an activist and writer whom I admire tremendously I think I have read all her books The first was my favoriteEcology of a Cracker childhoodThey combine personal history with natural history in a unique style of narrative She analyzes and describes like a scientist, but puts so much feeling into her writing that I think of her as someone I know. The Altamaha River is one of the most unspoiled rivers in America, and Janisse Ray has lived most of her life near its banks As an infant she was baptized accidentally on her first river trip when her father s homemade boat sunk In this book, she sets out to explore the river with her husband and a group dedicated to preserving it In the first half of the book tells the story of their trip down the river as she recalls its history and explaining its natural setting The group feels a The Altamaha River is one of the most unspoiled rivers in America, and Janisse Ray has lived most of her life near its banks As an infant she was baptized accidentally on her first river trip when her father s homemade boat sunk In this book, she sets out to explore the river with her husband and a group dedicated to preserving it In the first half of the book tells the story of their trip down the river as she recalls its history and explaining its natural setting The group feels a kinship with river men who built log rafts out of longleaf pines and floated them down the river in ages past Along the way they pass Ragpoint, where raft men used to tie a rag onto a tree for good luck, a tradition that continues to this day They float past some of the largest cypress left standing, trees that have been spared the logger s saw In addition to the narrative, the first part of the book contains a numbers of lists that include one of what they are carrying along with lists of birds seen and trees observed The second half of the book consists of a series of personal essays in which the author explores various aspects of the river These essays include a night fishing trip with a politician and a guide, a trip to the Bartram Botanical Gardens in Philadelphia where she investigates a lost species that had been found along the river And then there is a humorous story about a trip with botanist to an area within the river s watershed and the language gap that existed She produces a rant directed at the United States Forest Service for their liberal definition as to what constitutes a forest She tells of threats to the river from the discharge of a paper mill, the nitrogen that runs from farmer s fields, and the problems with clear cutting She makes a case that a river is only as healthy as the forest through which it flows.These quotes come from the final chapter of her book What I needed was to watch the amber water sliding past the ivory sandbars under a high blue sky I needed the peace of wildness.We go to lay our burdens down, to refuel ourselves, to fill our eyes with beauty, to enter the unchanging, to experience metaphorical time We go to be transformed 211 This is the third book I ve read by Janisse Ray My favorite is still the Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, in which she tells about growing up with the longleaf pines and issues a call for their protection I, too, grew up under longleafs, a few hundred miles to the north and share her concern for these majestic trees I also liked Ray s second book, Wild Card Quilt This is a good book, but in my opinion it doesn t rise to the level of the other two books of hers I ve read Although Janisse Ray is mostly known for her bookEcology of a Cracker Childhood ,Drifting into Darianwhich was written over ten years later, shows a lot of growth and is a muchbeautiful read in my opinion The reviews on the back cover insist that every endangered ecosystem should have a spokeswoman as passionate as Janisse, and she certainly gave me an appreciation of her river The essays in this collection are all woven together well, and while the language and tone isn t always Although Janisse Ray is mostly known for her bookEcology of a Cracker Childhood ,Drifting into Darianwhich was written over ten years later, shows a lot of growth and is a muchbeautiful read in my opinion The reviews on the back cover insist that every endangered ecosystem should have a spokeswoman as passionate as Janisse, and she certainly gave me an appreciation of her river The essays in this collection are all woven together well, and while the language and tone isn t always consistent, the book is structured in a way that lets you slip into a river Unlike a lot of other nature writers, Janisse s story is hard one she s trying to call attention to a region that many have forgotten about, and so in a lot of cases her essays never find happy endings, or endings at all, which can be frustrating to those of us used to reading and writing fiction who want things to be all tied up at the end of 230ish pages view spoiler The Altamaha River is still in danger Janisse never finds out who wrote the threatening letter she never finds her spiny mussel there are no great environmental victories in this collection hide spoiler But the collection does do what nature writers are meant to do it calls attention to an area in need of saving A great read for anyone who wants a good introduction to this imperiled and beautiful area of the South Janisse Ray s new book, Drifting into Darien, begins The Altamaha is wide and made of molasses How can you not love a nature writer who is also a poet Drifting into Darien is Ray s love letter to this mighty river, deemed one of the 75 Last Great Places by the Nature Conservancy It s her personal account of swimming and paddling its dark waters watching for the elusive and perhaps extinct ivory billed woodpecker searching for spiny mussels spotting bobcat tracks and rattlesnakes swa Janisse Ray s new book, Drifting into Darien, begins The Altamaha is wide and made of molasses How can you not love a nature writer who is also a poet Drifting into Darien is Ray s love letter to this mighty river, deemed one of the 75 Last Great Places by the Nature Conservancy It s her personal account of swimming and paddling its dark waters watching for the elusive and perhaps extinct ivory billed woodpecker searching for spiny mussels spotting bobcat tracks and rattlesnakes swatting mosquitoes and yellow flies and ducking lightning strikes on a sandbar She describes feasting on fat blackberries on the shoreline, the smell of marshland and the soapy scent of industrial chemicals being illegally dumped into the current The book ventures into environmental activism as Ray demands the shut down of a nuclear power plant, Plant Hatch, and cites cancer clusters along the river corridor I read her words and felt their truth, but I also know that the U.S must cut its dependence on fossil fuels, and that these are complex issues The strength of the book, in my opinion, lies in its subtitle it is indeed, a vivid and compelling personal and natural history of the Altamaha River Drifting into Darien is the 3rd book by Janisse Ray that I have read The Altamaha River is the thread that holds this work together, mysterious, dark and wild The 1st part of the book consists of an actual journey down the river and the 2nd part consists of related stories and essays The 2nd part seemed disjointed at first, but soon the reader is pulled into the rhythm of that part also She is an effective champion of the river, presenting facts and statistics, examining the effects of pollu Drifting into Darien is the 3rd book by Janisse Ray that I have read The Altamaha River is the thread that holds this work together, mysterious, dark and wild The 1st part of the book consists of an actual journey down the river and the 2nd part consists of related stories and essays The 2nd part seemed disjointed at first, but soon the reader is pulled into the rhythm of that part also She is an effective champion of the river, presenting facts and statistics, examining the effects of pollution on every aspect of the river, its flora and fauna, its tributaries, and the whole watershed area She is perhaps an evenpersuasive crusader when she expresses her joy in the natural environment, the waters she paddles, the mussels she digs, every bird, fish, insect, salamander, tree and bush observed The love flows through from the pen to the paper (Free Epub) ì Drifting into Darien: A Personal and Natural History of the Altamaha River ì Janisse Ray was a babe in arms when a boat of her father s construction cracked open and went down in the mighty Altamaha River Tucked in a life preserver, she washed onto a sandbar as the craft sank from view That first baptism began a lifelong relationship with a stunning and powerful river that almost nobody knowsThe Altamaha rises dark and mysterious in southeast Georgia It is deep and wide bordered by swamps Its corridor contains an extraordinary biodi versity, including many rare and endangered species, which led the Nature Conservancy to designate it as one of the world s last great placesThe Altamaha is Ray s river, and from childhood she dreamed of paddling its entire length to where it empties into the sea Drifting into Darien begins with an account of finally making that journey, turning to medita tions on the many ways we accept a world that contains both good and evil With praise, biting satire, and hope, Ray contemplates transformation and attempts with every page to settle peacefully into the nowThough commemorating a history that includes logging, Ray celebrates a culture that sprang from the flatwoods, which required a judicious use of nature She looks in vain for an ivorybill woodpecker but is equally eager to see any of the imperiled species found in the river basin spiny mussel, American oystercatcher, Radford s mint, Alabama milkvine The book explores both the need and the possibilities for conservation of the river and the surrounding forests and wetlands As in her groundbreaking Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, Ray writes an account of her beloved river that is both social history and natural history, understanding the two as inseparable, particularly in the rural corner of Georgia that she knows best Ray goes looking for wisdom and finds a river Drifting into Darien A Personal and Natural History of the Altamaha River by Janisse Ray University of Georgia Press 2011 797.1224 is another fine book by Janisse Ray about her beloved South Georgia wilderness She does an outstanding job evoking the wildness of the Altamaha river basin Her stories about searching for and finding freshwater mussels e.g Altamaha arc mussel, Barrel floater, Georgia elephant ear, Altamaha slabshell, Variable spike, Altamaha lance, Altamaha spiny mussel, Al Drifting into Darien A Personal and Natural History of the Altamaha River by Janisse Ray University of Georgia Press 2011 797.1224 is another fine book by Janisse Ray about her beloved South Georgia wilderness She does an outstanding job evoking the wildness of the Altamaha river basin Her stories about searching for and finding freshwater mussels e.g Altamaha arc mussel, Barrel floater, Georgia elephant ear, Altamaha slabshell, Variable spike, Altamaha lance, Altamaha spiny mussel, Altamaha pocketbook, Rayed pink fatmucket , Inflated floater, Savannah lilliput, and Eastern creekshell p.144 and fishing for flathead catfish made me want to roll up my pantslegs and get wet I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the natural history of the southeastern U.S My rating 7.5 10, finished 5 22 12