1906. Frontispiece by Walter King Stone. William Beebe was one of this century's leading pioneers into the oceanic world. The Brooklyn, New York, native possessed an unrelenting curiosity about the natural world around, and beneath, him. Through his dozens of books describing his various expeditions, Beebe brought the average citizen in closer touch with the natural world. Later Beebe turned his focus away from pheasants to the tropical jungle and became director of the Zoological Park's new Department of Tropical Research. In the 52 short essays of this volume Beebe presents familiar objects from unusual points of view. Contents are divided into the twelve months. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.