Henry David Thoreau
Yellow Water Lily Plant
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by Henry David Thoreau
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the Nuphar advena, yellow waterlily, in blossom; also the Laurus
Benzoin, or fever-bush, spice-wood, near William Wheeler's in Lincoln,
resembling the witch-hazel. It is remarkable that this aromatic shrub,
though it grows by the roadside and does not hide itself, may be, as it
were, effectually concealed, though it blossoms every spring. It may be
observed only once in many years.
The blossom-buds of the peach have expanded just enough to give a slight peach tint to the orchards.
All distant landscapes seen from hilltops are veritable
pictures, which will be found to have no actual existence
to him who travels to them. "'Tis distance lends enchantment to the view." It is the bare landscape without
this depth of atmosphere to glass it. The distant
river-reach seen in the north from the Lincoln Hill, high
in the horizon, like the ocean stream flowing round
Homer's shield, the rippling waves reflecting the light, is
unlike the same seen near at hand. Heaven intervenes
between me and the object.
I had in my mind's eye a silent gray tarn which I had seen the summer before high up on the side of a mountain, Bald Mountain, where the half-dead spruce trees stood far in the water draped with wreathy mist as with usnea moss, made of dews, where the mountain spirit bathed; whose bottom was high above the surface of other lakes. Spruces whose dead limbs were more in harmony with the mists which draped them.
May 1, 1851
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