Henry David Thoreau
Ice-Covered Vernal Pond and Snow-Blanketed Wooodlands
by George Grall
Mink on Ice
H. D. Thoreau, a Writer's Journal
A Book of Quotations
The Journal of Henry David Thoreau: 1837-1861
P. M. -To Heywood's Pond and up brook. Almost a complete Indian-summer
day, clear and warm. I am without
greatcoat. Channing says he saw larks yesterday, a painted tortoise day
before yesterday under ice at White Pond.
R.W. E. told me that W.H. Channing conjectured that the landscape looked fairer when we turned our heads, because we beheld it with nerves of the eye unused before. Perhaps this reason is worth more for suggestion than explanation. It occurs to me that the reflection of objects in still water is in a similar manner fairer than the substance, and yet we do not employ unused nerves to behold it. Is it not that we let much more light into our eyes - which in the usual position are shaded by the brows - in the first case by turning them more to the sky, and in the case of the reflections by having the sky placed under our feet? i. e. in both cases we see terrestrial objects with the sky or heavens for a background or field . Accordingly they are not dark and terrene, but lit and elysian.
Saw a mink at Clamshell Hill on ice. They show the back in swimming.
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