John Burroughs Was Born
Look around you closely. What do you see?
Writer John Burroughs, born on April 3, 1837, near Roxbury, New
York, was famous for his observations of the world around him.
He especially loved to write about nature, describing the
natural beauty of places like the Catskills in upstate New York,
a place he found peaceful and inspiring.
People of his
time loved Burroughs' writings, books like Birds and Poets and
Ways of Nature. They used to call him the "Grand Old Man of
Nature." He looked the part, too, with his long white beard and
feathery hair. He felt it was his "duty to record his own unique
perceptions of the natural world." We all have our own unique
way of seeing the world. Like Burroughs, maybe you have an eye
for nature. Write down what you see around you. Ask your family
to read your observations. Did they see what you saw?