True Nature

True Nature: An Illustrated Journal of Four Seasons in Solitude by Barbara Bash, from Shambhala Publications, ISBN 1590301641. Writer-illustrator Barbara Bash brings a spiritual awareness to her surroundings as she caringly records encounters with animals and plants during solitary walks around the countryside of upstate New York. In this four-color book - designed to look like a one-of-a-kind hand-bound journal - her handwritten notes and exquisite drawings capture wondrous moments in nature: a dragonfly's brief pause, a surprised deer, woodchucks watching from a distance, a raindrop making its way down a windowpane.