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June 27, 2004
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So begins John G. Mitchell's National Geographic article, Nature's Champion (July 2004). I cite it today since, though I'm only a denizen of Olympic National Park, its "natural" subject I can almost call home.
Though I'm wary of his penchant for hyperbolic "excess," as Jeffrey Kittay once rightly said more generally of English descriptive nature writing (especially if it seeks some larger droit de cite [right of a citizen]"),* Mitchell is at least encouraging. I mean — if you think about it — his lavish praise is fitting since Olympians are, of course, typically washed by excessive rainfall.
So today I thought to let him continue:
Naturally, Mitchell's stylish hyperbole should prompt a smile, but you might enjoy on this sunny day a handy, more-officially-approved photo gallery, while I, a bit lower on nature's food-chain, enjoy an Olympia brew.
You might recall, of this Northwest beer, its fitting motto: "It's the Water."
*Kittay's remark, from his 1981 introduction to Yale French Studies — entitled "Toward A Theory of Description" (Issue 61, p.i) — I include for added amusment, interest, and study:
Again, I'm but a championizing denizen of Olympic National Park, not yet a full citizen.
P.S. Do enjoy Mitchell's added peninsular Field Notes, too.Permalink
And enjoy them we do! But be careful; you'll attract tourists.
Now, about denizen: Are you using it in the British sense, to mean a "foreigner granted rights of residence" (AHD3rd)? We, your loyal readers, think of you as our native guide to the Pacific Northwest.
Alas, as a native Californian I'm forever a denizen, and a tourist.
When I renew my National Parks Pass later this month, likely in Eastern Wyoming at Devil's Tower, I may become more "naturalized," which is, I suppose, a form of citizenship.
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