Woodland idyls by Willis Stanley BlatchleyWoodland idyls by Willis Stanley Blatchley

Woodland idyls

byWillis Stanley Blatchley

Paperback | February 2, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912. Excerpt: ... July Musings. "If as a poet or naturalist you wish to explore a given neighborhood go and live in it. Fish in its streams, hunt in its forests, pluck its wild fruits. This will be the surest and speediest way to those perceptions you covet."--Thoreau. Wednesday, July 5, 1911.--In camp once more! In camp on a high grass covered terrace beneath the shelter of a great white oak. On the north, within less than forty yards and below me thirty feet, the clear pure waters of Raccoon Creek flow placidly onward with a gentle murmur. Just back of my tent, on the slope of a ridge which gradually descends to the water's edge, is a copse where wild raspberries, blackberries, grapes, hazel, dwarf oaks and many other shrubs and vines in great profusion twine and intermingle. Here also my mid-summer serenaders dwell, the choir that never tires of making music for my ear. A pair of yellowbreasted chats aided by a cardinal or two compose its membership. At intervals, especially in the dusks of early morn and eve, a wood thrush helps them out. To the south of my tent is the greater part of my grass covered lawn, and on it are three large white oaks, arranged in an obtuse angle. Grand specimens of their kind are they, their great limbs thrust out horizontally on all sides, thus furnishing a grateful shade at any hour of these torrid July days. A peculiar pleasing gray, bedecked near the base with numerous lichens, is the bark of these trees. Corn-cobs and other refuse scattered about them show that squirrels delight to rest on their branches and look out adown the valley to the south and west. Beneath these oaks, close up to their boles, dwell, if any place hereabouts, the genii of inspiration. Here at least shall I seek them and for a little time each day beg the privilege ...
Title:Woodland idylsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217420192

ISBN - 13:9780217420198