#BookSnapSunday is a weekly bookish Instagram meme hosted here at Gum trees and Galaxies.com, if you would like to join in please feel free to leave a link to your post in the comments below. All you have to do is post an image of a book. Happy reading!

This week’s BookSnapSunday is my latest read, Adam Nicolson’s 2018 Wainwright prize winner The Seabird’s Cry an eloquent tribute to the roving souls of sea birds, a poetic, beautiful book filled with passion and broad knowledge. Offering insight into the wildest of worlds, the world of the sea bird. They live harsh lives in some of the harshest environments on earth, their worlds can be characterized by violence but also community. A lovely read, if I have one criticism it is that the book has a largely northern hemisphere focus but still such an enjoyable read, beautifully written and filled with knowledge and passion:

“Look at them on days like that, when the wind is blowing through the boundaries of fresh and stiff, and you will see them for what they are: wind-runners, wind-dancers, the wind-spirits, alive with an evolved ability to live with the wind, in it and on it, drawing out its energy to make their own feathered, mobile, ocean-ranging magnificence.”

A lovely book celebrating species under threat.

And who can resist a puffin, they have to be amongst the most gorgeous creatures on earth especially in their breeding colours:

“Next time you sit among the puffins…looking at their elegance and anxiety, that is what to hold in mind: not clowns but beauties, Ice Age survivors, scholar gypsies of the Atlantic, their minds on an everlasting swing between island and sea, burrow and voyage, parent and child, the oscillating nomad masters of an unpacific ocean.”

Atlantic Puffin, Puffin, Atlantic, Wildlife, Wild
image public domain pixabay

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