"The Englishman's Spring."
An introduction to a volume of "68 evocative camera studies collected and edited by B.J. Bradley" in which Bates touches on recurring themes of his nature writing: the passionate attachment of the English to their countryside, the qualities that distinguish that countryside ("almost all we cherish and hold dear and stoutly maintain as unique in our countryside, is the result of interference by man"), the artistic component in English gardening, the "special arrangement of pub, church, cottage and cottage garden, great house and mill, general shop and what I might call doctor's Georgian" of an English village, and the beneficial revolution brought to rural England by the automobile. In In England Now, Spring (London: Avalon Press, 1950, pp. 8-11).