Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is the story of a dramatic year in Virginia's Blue Ridge valley. Annie Dillard sets out to see what she can see. What she sees are astonishing incidents of "mystery, death, beauty, violence."
Personal favorite of mine. Was lucky to have a friend recommend it. Follows close in the spirit of a 19th century transcendentalist as well as evoking a human voice heard against the sounds of our natural world. Scientific as well as spiritual, this book is a true worth in a world over stuffed with words.
The description above should note this book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1975.