It was a Barry Lopez book that kicked this off. Giving Birth to Thunder, Sleeping with his daughter — Coyote builds North America (1977: Shee Andrews and McMeel, Inc.). I am sure that Coyote built me as well. The book opens with the line "This is not a scholarly book; Old Man Coyote is not a scholarly character." Lopez deftly presents dozens of stories from dozens of tribal nations and traditions across North America that explore Coyote, an incredibly sophisticated character and one from whom I draw limitless inspriation. I've built my career, as Coyote has, hunting in thickets, chasing my own tail and bouncing between aesthetics and academics, regarding both as normalized inroads to natural history and the better understanding of California Ecology — the passion of my work. Now is the eve of the publication of my third book: The Forests of California, and my life will never be the same. This site, Coyote and Thunder, is a personal collection of some of my deeper meanderings, insights that might be out of place on my other, business oriented website www.californiafieldatlas.com. Constantly updated and forever mutable, please follow me and the prarie wolf into the wild and let's discuss just how beautiful this world can be.
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