Thursday, June 20, 2013

“Am tempted to turn many pages”

 “Something like the woodland sounds will be heard to echo through the leaves of a good book. Sometimes I hear the fresh emphatic note of the oven-bird, and am tempted to turn many pages; sometimes the hurried chuckling sound of the squirrel when he dives into the wall.”
—From the Journal of Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), June 20, 1840.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

“A rare and beautiful bird”

“What was that rare and beautiful bird in the dark woods under the Cliffs, with black above and white spots and bars, a large triangular blood-red spot on breast, and sides of breast and beneath white?

Monday, June 10, 2013

“An exceedingly rich border”

I amused myself yesterday afternoon with looking from my window, through a spyglass, at the tops of the woods in the horizon.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

“We get our idea of angels from the birds”

“We get our idea of angels from the birds, and they are masters of direction not by accident but because they have a high perspective. The world is less confusing when seen from above, and at the great speed at which they fly and turn, gravity and magnetism are exaggerated. Birds can feel the inertia of direction.”

“How do you know about birds?” …