The fantastic law of nature, revealed by the author, is, in fact, worthy of more attention than the natural tradition of a single region. Indeed, the geese arriving in March carry not only an enviable constancy and unprecedented risk but also world experience, a piece of the sky and sunlight from where they flew. In their established society, there are also families; there are also loners searching for their families, and autumn hunters fall to their share. Despite all the difficulties, they still arrive in March, heralding earlier than other birds and animals spring. Few can notice this; even fewer people will give due attention to the calls of these birds in the cornfields. Nevertheless, generation after generation of ducks in March returns from other lands and countries strictly and constantly.
Floods, Draba, and a feeling of loneliness amid jubilation fill such an ambiguous April. The author seeks to draw the reader’s attention to constant, seemingly obvious things, which, unfortunately, many now lack attention to (Leopold 31). Highlighting individual elements of flora and fauna in the general motley landscape, the author makes readers think about invisible things. How amazingly the author describes woodcock dances, moving from routine but fascinating natural traditions to real miracles. It will be tough for an ordinary observer to notice the dance of the sky: both the position of the viewer and the time of the performance are essential. These essays contain a rich storehouse of small secrets of nature, which are revealed, like a flower in spring, with a lengthy consideration of the details. If the author strongly associates March with the life of geese arriving home, then April is already much more diverse, leaving the freedom of choice to the reader’s attention.
I think that the author wanted to convey to the reader the beauty of the world around him, choosing for this the form of short essays and sketches. In my opinion, his stories primarily reflect the emotional background that accompanies the most ordinary events at first glance. These sketches encourage the search for information about representatives of flora and fauna and are also in tune with the desire to be in nature away from the bustle of the city. Nevertheless, the author manages in such a short time and with such diverse stories to immerse the reader in the atmosphere of wildlife, closely bordering on human activity.
Leopold, Aldo. A Sand County Almanac, and Sketches Here and There. Oxford University Press, USA, 1989.