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THE LOG OF THE SUN

A Chronicle of Nature's Year


By
WILLIAM BEEBE


GARDEN CITY PUBLISHING CO., INC.
GARDEN CITY, NEW YORK
COPYRIGHT, 1906,
BY
Henry Holt and Company

TO MY
MOTHER AND FATHER
WHOSE ENCOURAGEMENT AND SYMPATHY
GAVE IMPETUS AND PURPOSE TO
A BOY'S LOVE OF NATURE

PREFACE

IN the fifty-two short essays of this volume I have presented familiar objects from unusual points of view. Bird's-eye glances and insect's-eye glances, at the nature of our woods and fields, will reveal beauties which are wholly invisible from the usual human view-point, five feet or more above the ground.

Who follows the lines must expect to find moods as varying as the seasons; to face storm and night and cold, and all other delights of what wildness still remains to us upon the earth.

Emphasis has been laid upon the weak points in our knowledge of things about us, and the principal desire of the author is to inspire enthusiasm in those whose eyes are just opening to the wild beauties of God's out-of-doors, to gather up and follow to the end some of these frayed-out threads of mystery.

Portions of the text have been published at various times in the pages of "Outing," "Recreation," "The Golden Age," "The New York Evening Post," and "The New York Tribune."

       C. W. B.


JANUARY
BIRDS OF THE SNOW
WINTER MARVELS
CEDAR BIRDS AND BERRIES
DARK DAYS OF INSECT LIFE
CHAMELEONS IN FUR AND FEATHER

FEBRUARY
FEBRUARY FEATHERS
FISH LIFE
TENANTS OF WINTER BIRDS' NESTS
WINTER HOLES

MARCH
FEATHERED PIONEERS
THE WAYS OF MEADOW MICE
PROBLEMS OF BIRD LIFE
DWELLERS IN THE DUST

APRIL
SPRING SONGSTERS
THE SIMPLE ART OF SAPSUCKING
WILD WINGS
THE BIRDS IN THE MOON

MAY
HIGH TIDE OF BIRD LIFE ANIMAL FASHIONS
POLLIWOG PROBLEMS
INSECT PIRATES AND SUBMARINES
THE VICTORY OF THE NIGHTHAWK

JUNE
THE GALA DAYS OF BIRDS
TURTLE TRAITS
A HALF-HOUR IN THE MARSH
SECRETS OF THE OCEAN

JULY
BIRDS IN A CITY
NIGHT MUSIC OF THE SWAMP
THE COMING OF MAN
THE SILENT LANGUAGE OF ANIMALS
INSECT MUSIC

AUGUST
GRAY DAYS OF BIRDS
LIVES OF THE LANTERN BEARERS
A STARFISH AND A DAISY
THE DREAM OF THE YELLOW-THROAT

SEPTEMBER
THE PASSING OF THE FLOCKS
GHOSTS OF THE EARTH
MUSKRATS
NATURE'S GEOMETRICIANS

OCTOBER
AUTUMN HUNTING WITH A FIELD GLASS
A WOODCHUCK AND A GREBE
THE VOICE OF ANIMALS
THE NAMES OF ANIMALS, FROGS, AND FISH
THE DYING YEAR

NOVEMBER
NOVEMBER'S BIRDS OF THE HEAVENS
A PLEA FOR THE SKUNK
THE LESSON OF THE WAVE
WE GO A-SPONGING

DECEMBER
NEW THOUGHTS ABOUT NESTS
LESSONS FROM AN ENGLISH SPARROW
THE PERSONALITY OF TREES
AN OWL OF THE NORTH