What qualities are required to be a good hunter? Each of us could make a list and likely find agreement on many attributes.
Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th president, shared his thoughts on the question many years ago. "Persevering, watchful, hardy, and with good judgment; and a little dash and energy at the proper time ..." led his list.
Lamar Underwood, noted editor of outdoor magazines and books, has collected some of Teddy Roosevelt's most compelling work in a new book, "Theodore Roosevelt on Hunting" (The Lyons Press, 413 pages, hard cover, $29.95).
It's great fun to read.
And if like some of us your eyes are a little tired, the type is large enough to be easily read.
Roosevelt was a no-nonsense fellow. His comments on game animals and hunting still ring true. Although he hunted all over the world, he spent a lot of time in the West. He hunted elk, bear, sheep, deer, antelope, moose and goats - as well as African trophies - and writes well.
While his books can be found occasionally, they're out of print and expensive. So it's nice to find a good collection of his writing. He liked to read and so will you with this book in hand.
Choosing a tree
Gardeners and woods walkers alike will enjoy "Native Trees for North American Landscapes" (Timber Press, 552 pages, hard cover, $59.95).
Written by Guy Stemberg and Jim Wilson, the book can help you satisfy that springtime urge to plant a tree, an urge easily road-blocked by questions about what kind of tree. The wisest choice may be a native tree, because it will be well adopted to the environment, say the authors.
More than 500 color photos, 96 line drawings and a map illustrate the book.
It's thorough, discussing more than 650 species and varieties, and more than 500 cultivars.
Stemberg is a landscape architect, arborist, tree consultant, writer, lecturer and photographer. He lives in Illinois. Wilson is a veteran horticulturist and writer. He lives in Missouri.
Born in war-time England, John Cole didn't arrive in the Northwest until 1967. He found a home here. His painting developed with striking images not soon forgotten -his 1999 painting of Sherars Falls, on the Deschutes River, for example.
An avid outdoorsman, his trips into the wilderness created an intimate familiarity with nature. You can see his work in Deloris Tarzan Ament's new book, "John Cole: The Enduring Northwest Landscape" (University of Washington Press, 112 pages, hard cover, $24.95). The book holds 104 illustrations, 84 in color.
Artists can teach us so much if we will only look. Cole's work is a fine example.