Whispers and Shadows: A Naturalist's Memoirs will help you rediscover your sense of wonder in nature and explore a human need for wilderness. Celebrated rural historian Jerry Apps combines his lively storytelling and careful observations of nature in eloquent essays. The author draws on a lifetime of experiences from his earliest years growing up on a central Wisconsin farm to his current ventures as gardener, tree farmer and steward of wetlands, prairies and endangered Karner blue butterflies. He explores the nature lessons he learned by following his father's adice to listen for the whispers and look into the shadows. He is also inspired by the writings of Aldo Leopold, Annie Dillard, Henry David Thoreau, Sigurd Olson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Muir and others. Whispers and Shadows reminds us to slow down, turn off technology, and allow our senses to reconnect us to the natural world.