Pineywoods Summer Haiku, by poet and neuroscientist Judith Lauter, provides a photographic
and poetic experience of a midsummer’s day deep in the pine forests of East Texas, in and around
the college town of Nacogdoches.
The area is well-known to naturalists as a fascinating intersection of five major bioecological
regions – prairies, deserts, tropics, swamps, and forests – and thus unique for its amazing
diversity of plants and animals. In this book of color photos paired with insightful, graceful haiku
poems, the reader can explore the color, life, and energy of summer “behind the pine curtain” in the
gardens, forests, and lakes of the East-Texas pineywoods.