William Beebe, Naturalist, Explorer

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beebeExploring with Beebe : selections for younger readers from the writing of William Beebe..
(this isn’t a free book, it’s just a nifty geography book I have, the link is an Amazon affiliate link, but I’d watch for it at thrift shops)

Excerpt:

Panama: The shallows of the second river alternated patches of soft green grass with smooth rocks, and seemed singularly free from potholes until my guide got careless and went up to his waist in a narrow one.  We had sat motionless on a soggy bank, flashing occasionally, when we both thought simultaneously of the two yapocks on the first river and rose to make our way to shore.  We were in an inch of water on a wide expanse of rock as flat as a table, when my foot struck against a bit of stick. Flashing downward perfunctorily, I saw a heavy-built, five-foot snake in the act of changing its course.  My slight blow had turned it, and it was partly between my feet, winding slowly around toward its tail.  The first glance showed me the swollen jowls, the x-shaped marks, and I thought fast.  My first impulse was to press my flash down upon its neck, but the electric had been flickering during the last five minutes and if the water quenched it I would have to be very certain of my neck hold.  My bags and haversack were far off on the other river and I remembered the thorns and slippery banks between: besides, we were out for yapocks.  So I decided against toting a living deadly bushmaster snake back, and called out to my companion who had the gun.  He turned ready for a yapock, and was astonished to see this great yellow and black form undulating toward him.  Potholes did not concern him as he turned its flank and put two pellets through its neck.  This rendered the snake helpless, but its fangs were a trifle over an inch in length, and I fastened the head very tightly in my handkerchief before I wound up and tied its sixty inches around my hunting belt. And on my way back, whenever its coils were unusually lively, and I simultaneously ran against a thorn, the combination tended unduly to excite the imagination, and I was not sorry when I could cache the big master of the bush farther from skin.  These venomous snakes are apparently rare in this region and this was the first which my companion had seen on the Isthmus in eight years of hunting.

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Here are some free Kindle titles from Amazon:
Edge of the Jungle
by Beebe

The Log of the Sun A Chronicle of Nature’s Year

Beebe

Jungle Peace

Beebe

This one is not by Beebe per se, but I think it has one of his articles in it:
Atlantic Classics, Second Series

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2 Comments

  1. Posted November 20, 2015 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Madame Headmistress, this book: http://www.semicolonblog.com/?p=24792 (by my pastor) is 99 cents on Kindle at Amazon for a short time. I think you might enjoy it.

  2. Lori in Wheaton
    Posted December 1, 2015 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    I’m wondering if you’d perhaps put a list together of your top 10 geography books (all ages)? They’re so wonderful to read.
    Thanks for considering!

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