Henry David Thoreau
Ice on the Hudson River
by Susan Avis Murphy
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M . - Up river.
It is still quite tight at Hubbard's Bath Bend and at Clamshell, though I hesitate a little to cross at these places . There are dark spots in the soft, white ice, which will be soon worn through.
What a solid winter we have had! No thaw of any consequence; no bare ground since December 25th; but an unmelting mass of snow and ice, hostile to all greenness. Have not seen a green radical leaf even, as usual, all being covered up.
Within the brook I see quite a school of little minnows, an inch long, amid or over the bare dead sterns of polygonums, and one or two little water-bugs (apple-seeds). The last also in the broad ditch on the Corner road, in Wheeler's meadow.
Notwithstanding the backwardness of the season, all the town still under deep snow and ice, here they are, in the first open and
smooth water, governed by the altitude of the sun. I see many small furrows, freshly made, in the sand at the bottom of the brook, from half an inch to three quarters wide, which I suspect are made by some small shellfish already moving, perhaps Paludina.
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