The Friendship Of Nature; A New England Chronicle Of Birds And Flowers by Mabel Osgood Wright

The Friendship Of Nature; A New England Chronicle Of Birds And Flowers

byMabel Osgood Wright

Paperback | January 11, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1894. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... RUSTLING WINGS "All the feathered airy nation, Birds of every size and station, Are convened in convocation. ***** How they thicken, how they muster, How they clutter, how they cluster! Now they ramble here and thither, Now they scramble all together." Aristophanes' Birds (Frere's trans.). The wood swallows began it and signalled the grackles, or perhaps the grackles, chattering in the trees, so jarred upon the nerves of the swallows that they fled to the dunes, where there are no echoes. It was the first of September, and I was gathering sea-lavender on the borders of the marsh, where it had escaped the mowers. There was a great fluttering in the bayberries and sand-plum bushes; they bent and swayed, and the heavy-topped goldenrod quivered unreasonably. Becoming curious, I crept behind a trail of old rail fences toward the place, briers holding me back and all the weeds clutching at me with their desperate little seed claws. From the bushes the swallows darted, percussive, bolt-like, then spreading widely, flying by tens and hundreds, cutting the air with the scattering swiz-z-z of shot, followed by the smoke of intense vibration, until they seemed only a point in the distance, yet a punctuation point in the unbroken phrase of summer. We are never ready for autumn, when the almanac doles out September. Mind and body are relaxed and expanded by the liberal juices of summer, the air above is still soft, the grass richly green, the eye filled with colour and focused for sunlight, the skin pores moist, respirative, and the house of the body unguarded. So Nature, never abrupt, sends a bird message--a gentle, unjarring reminder -- to prepare the way, before a single tree shows the red flag of warning or a chilly breath contracts the muscles. In this interval, when th...

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Title:The Friendship Of Nature; A New England Chronicle Of Birds And FlowersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:34 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217385982

ISBN - 13:9780217385985

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