Henry David Thoreau
Winter Stream with Snow
Ice-Covered Vernal Pond
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20. It snowed three or four inches of damp snow last afternoon and
night, now thickly adhering to the twigs and branches. Probably it will
soon melt and help carry off the snow.
Where I saw tluosc furrows in the sand in Nut Meadow Brook the other day, I now explore, and find within a square foot or two half a dozen of Paludina decisa with their feet out, within an inch of the surface, so I have scarcely a doubt that they made them. I
suppose that they do not furrow the bottom thus under the ice, but as soon as the spring sun has thawed it, they come to the surface, - perhaps at night only - where there is some little sand, and furrow it thus by their motions. Maybe it is the love season. Perhaps these make part of the food of the crows which visit
this brook and whose tracks I now see on the edge, and have all winter. Probably they also pick up some dead frogs.
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