An Oakwoods Almanac

Gerry Loose, Photographs by Morven Gregor

Deliberately and quietly, Gerry Loose has spent years walking the woodlands to observe the poetry of clouds and winds to cheer the dance of gnats and moths, to listen intently to the musical compositions of wrens and ravens. An Almanac of two different woodlands, one in the Scottish west Highlands and one on Finlands Baltic coast, it celebrates those woodlands and their human lives. With shipping and fishing reports of monks and witches landed, sea eagles and night walking, the voice of the stars and weather forecasts: the beauty and profundity of oakwoods are revealed in a shifting, precise prose. Rooted in place through habitation and close observation an exploration of Sunart and Saari through its languages: Gaelic, Finnish, English, birdsong and world news heaping language onto landscape and excavating whats been before, An Oakwoods Almanac reinvents a classic form.