By Lyall Watson
A systematic safari and private memoir celebrating the enigmatic dignity of the world's biggest land animal. As a toddler in South Africa, spending summers exploring the wild along with his boyhood acquaintances, Lyall Watson got here nose to nose along with his first elephant. This "entertaining and enchanting" paintings (Washington submit booklet World) chronicles how Watson's fascination grew right into a lifelong quest to appreciate the character and behaviour of this awesome creature.
From that second on, Watson's fascination grew right into a lifelong obsession with realizing the character and behaviour of this remarkable creature. all over the world, the elephant—at as soon as an emblem of religious energy and actual endurance—has been worshipped as a god and searched for sport.
"Watson's insights and speculations are striking, yet what lends them energy is his remarkable wisdom of evolutionary biology and animal habit, ethnography and South African history" (Wade Davis, National Geographic Society). "Like a shaman, Watson evokes the spirit of the big beast" (Publishers Weekly), files the animal's wide-ranging features to recollect and to mourn, and reminds us of its wealthy mythic origins, its evolution, and its devastation in contemporary historical past. half meditation on an elusive animal, half evocation of the facility of position, Elephantoms provides an beautiful mixture of the mysteries of nature and the wonders of formative years.