a serious injury done to a stream
...Thoreau's Journal: 13-Apr-1854

P.M.—Sail to Bittern Cliff

The surface of the water, toward the sun, reflecting the light with different degrees of brilliancy, is very exhilarating to look at. The red maple in a day or two. I begin to see the anthers in some buds. So much more of the scales of the buds is now uncovered that the tops of the swamps at a distance are now reddened. A couple of large ducks, which, because they flew low over the water and appeared black with a little white, I thought not black ducks,—possibly velvet or a merganser. The black ducks rise at once to a considerable height and often circle about to reconnoiter. The golden-brown tassels of the alders are very rich now. The poplar (tremuloides) by Miles’s Swamp has been out—the earliest catkins—maybe two or three days. On the evening of the 5th the body of a man was found in the river between Fair Haven Pond and Lee’s, much wasted. How these events disturb our association and tarnish the landscape! It is a serious injury done to a stream. One or two crowfoots on Lee’s Cliff, fully out, surprise me like a flame bursting from the russet ground. The saxifrage is pretty common, ahead of the crowfoot now, and its peduncles have shot up. The slippery elm is behind the common, which is fully out beside it. It will open apparently in about two days of pleasant weather.

1 comment:

michael jameson said...

what a terrible sight and event to witness, one who has met their demise in nature of all places, for one to see this does a lot of damage to their picture of nature, so pure a vision we have of nature even if one animal kills another in the wild its so natural as it has to survive, yet being who we are a vision will last a lifetime and the sadness of ones vision of nature being ruined is unfortunate. michael jameson oldantiqueguy@hotmail.com