My favorite essays were the first two, about how the sweetly intense way some people respond to nature. The rest of the pieces (1-2 pages each) are about specific animals. I'm not sure I liked many of those as well. They tended to anthropomorphize the animals, which didn't work for me. I wasn't expecting that. I like his writing style, just not so much his approach to describing different animals. Hmm. It's a NYRB title and is very prettily published. Maybe I'll come back to it late.