Temporary Refuge, A: Fourteen Seasons with Wild Summer Steelhead


Temporary Refuge, A: Fourteen Seasons with Wild Summer Steelhead Author: Illustrator: Cathy Eliot Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Patagonia Books
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Pages: 320 Illustrations and other contents: Color illustrations throughout Language: English ISBN: 9781938340673 Categories: , , , , , , , , , ,

As featured in the documentary, DamNation (Patagonia, 2014). During his first summer, Spencer built a sheltered viewing platform, a place to sit with Sis and his notebook, and observe the denizens of the pool for months, and, finally, years on end. Shortly before setting up camp during his first season, Spencer cut the points off the hooks of all his steelhead flies, freeing himself to see more deeply the beauty of his surroundings. As the predatory urge faded, a kind of blindness went with it, and Spencer’s eyes and mind became figurative hooks, enabling him to capture the stunning lives and behaviors of these charismatic wild creatures with an intimacy that has rarely been offered before. A distillation of fourteen years of detailed observations, in this surprisingly engaging almanac, Spencer records a natural history teeming with fish, water, vegetation, birds, mammals, insects, reptiles, and amphibians, seasonal changes, and interesting events and stories. Spencer is a modern-day Thoreau, and the steelhead pool is his Walden Pond.

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"This is strong nature writing-descriptive and thorough, and helped by Spencer's obvious devotion to his task." -Foreword Reviews (STARRED REVIEW) "One of the best outdoor books of the summer." -Adventure Journal "A Temporary Refuge succeeds on multiple levels. It effectively documents regional wildlife and the perilous annual migration of the wild fish. It puts the interaction between man and nature into important context, and shows why the wild population is so important, even as hatcheries breed more and more salmon. And it's also a meaningful memoir about a man and his dog who were devoted to helping protect part of our shared natural heritage, year after year." -Foreword Reviews (STARRED REVIEW) "Spencer is a keen observer of everything around him: plants, weather, trees, birds, lizards, even the few people that visit him and his dog Sis on their little fish perch. It's a beautiful tour of his little slice of Oregon and an inspiration to simply find a quiet, pretty place to sit and watch." -Adventure Journal "[A Temporary Refuge] is proof that personal observation, practiced with dedication and openness to wonder, can produce extraordinary insights." -MidCurrent http://midcurrent.com/books/book-excerpt-a-temporary-refuge/

Author Biography

Lee Spencer was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1950 and was raised in Minnesota. After being awarded a Master's in Anthropology in 1978 by the University of Oregon, he worked as a field archeologist for more than twenty years, mostly in the desert west and often excavating dry rock shelters. He has cast flies for steelhead on his river of choice, the North Umpqua, for the last thirty-five years and, in 1999, with his good dog, Sis, he began volunteering with The North Umpqua Foundation at Big Bend Pool.