We experience, learn about, and enjoy nature throughout our lifetimes in woods close to home. In the spirit of Walden, author Kevin Patrick spent a year connecting with White's Woods, a 500-acre tract in an Allegheny forest adjacent to his home in Indiana, Pennsylvania. He captured in prose and photographs the four seasons of this near-woods paradise, weaving natural history with human experience to create a geography of place to stand for all similar near-woods places.
Kevin Patrick has taught college-level geography at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for nearly thirty years and writes regularly for the Society of Commercial Archeology, Western Pennsylvania History and Pennsylvania Heritage magazines. He lives in Indiana, Pennsylvania, near the Allegheny Forest.