Another conservationist's inspirational series of essays--well-written, quotable, evolved from the firm base of a naturalist's knowledge. Mr. Hay, responsible for a number of regional monographs concerning flora and fauna (The Great Beach; Nature's Year, etc.), observes the complexities of tides, sea life and forest along the northeast coast and draws analogies therefrom. ""Nature is the context for an inexorable discipline, in which I and the frog have our special character and our mortal ends."" Because most human beings tend to ignore the lesser natural orders they now can interrupt or destroy, Mr. Hay's plea, to discover roots in the earth and sea from which we came, is too much of an abstract preachment to strike home. Couched in the rolling, dreamy prose a plenitude of sea-gazing encourages, Mr. Hay's musings are really meant for those of like mind, habits and opinions.