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Excursions

Henry David Thoreau

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. . .She has her luxurious and florid style as well as art. Having a pilgrim's cup to make, she gives to the whole, stem, bowl, handle, and nose, some fantastic shape, as if it were to be the car of some fabulous marine deity, a Nereus or Triton.

In the winter, the botanist needs not confine himself to his books and herbarium, and give over his out-door pursuits, but may study a new department of vegetable physiology, what may be called crystalline botany, then. The winter of 1837 was unusually favorable for this. In December of that year, the Genius of vegetation seemed to hover by night over its summer haunts with unusual persistency. Such a hoarfrost, as is very uncommon here or anywhere, and whose full effects can never be witnessed after sunrise, occurred several times. As I went forth early on a still and frosty morning, the trees looked like airy creatures of darkness caught napping; on this side huddled together with their gray hairs streaming in a secluded vall. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Taught me to look for beauty where I wouldn't necessary have looked before.

This is the grandaddy of them all, the predecessor to Dillard and Owens. A philosophical, phenomenological, observational account of all he observes, rendered beautifully and faithfully. It's a bit heavy handed and takes a commitment to get through, but well worth it.

Witnessed his zest for life-the wild one...In such conditions that wildlife, environment and forests require special treatment, his thought-provoking essays of “Walking”, “ A Winter Walk” and “Night and Moonlight” could ignite the spark of awareness towars the issue.

Nature writing suffused by romanticism. Wild Apples prefigures locavorism.

"Books of natural history make the most cheerful winter reading."

So does the works of Thoreau. A typical Transcendental read for all seasons, especially "in the depth of winter."

At last, I delved into works of this classic nature writer. And I just happened to read Autumnal Tints surrounded by trees playing with countless colors. Thoreau's genius is in the rare intersection of great observatory talent, creative use of language (although this evolved a lot throughout his lif

This volume contains several works by Thoreau including Wild Apples, which I have reviewed elsewhere as a standalone piece.

Always interesting, Thoreau supplies vivid descriptions of his New England surroundings including flora and fauna, plus the odd human. Interesting, yes, but also somewhat tireso

Not as good as Walden but completely necessary read for the Thoreauvian (ahem...me.)

This series of essays are interesting in their systematic yet somewhat unscientific exploration of nature. Thoreau comes across as a poet who wishes he were a scientist, and ends up with this as the middle ground. His love of nature and country are admirable. My favorite entries were the first, whic

Zajímavý sborník filosoficky až poeticky laděných esejů o přírodě a jejích krásách, které nám mnohdy zůstávají skryty, protože se po nich neumíme dívat. Především slavná "Chůze" a méně slavné, ale vynikající "Podzimní barvy" rozhodně stojí za přečtení. 9/10

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