J. Drew Lanham

J. Drew Lanham is a native of Edgefield and Aiken, South Carolina. He is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson University. A lifelong birder and adult-onset hunter, he lives in the Upstate of South Carolina.
September 21, 2016

An excerpt of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature.

I grew up in the southwestern frontier near North Augusta, on a ragged, two-hundred-acre family farm where we raised our own beef, grew our own vegetables, and drew our water out of cool, sweet springs. From heaven—or from a high-flying hawk’s viewpoint—I imagine that the plowed fields, pastures, and humble houses looked like a hole punched into the expanse of green. That gap in the wildness was our Home Place.