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Literary Pilgrimages of a Naturalist By Winthrop Packard
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"He who would know Thoreau's Walden will do well to bathe in it. His first plunge may well be in Thoreau's story of the pond and his life on its bank, and when he comes dripping from this and... More > puts on the garments of everyday life he still must feel a little of the glow of the fire with which this alchemist of the woods transmuted all things, showing us how rough granite, hard iron and base lead are gold. Thoreau lived on the borders of the little clear pond but two years... But his spirit had birth in something akin to its pure, profound waters and dwells above them now for all centuries. ...Here is a crater of glacier-crushed granite, out of which never came smoke nor lava, only a white fire from unexplored depths, a fire of cool austerity which burns the dross out of all that may be put into it. Its waters well up from a mysterious source within the very earth. Their outflow is equally invisible...."< Less
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He who would know Thoreau's Walden will do well to bathe in it. His first plunge may well be in Thoreau's story of the pond and his life on its bank, and when he comes dripping from this and puts on... More > the garments of everyday life he still must feel a little of the glow of the fire with which this alchemist of the woods transmuted all things, showing us how rough granite, hard iron and base lead are gold. Thoreau lived on the borders of the little clear pond but two years... But his spirit had birth in something akin to its pure, profound waters and dwells above them now for all centuries. ...Here is a crater of glacier-crushed granite, out of which never came smoke nor lava, only a white fire from unexplored depths, a fire of cool austerity which burns the dross out of all that may be put into it. Its waters well up from a mysterious source within the very earth. Their outflow is equally invisible....< Less
White Mountain Trails By Winthrop Packard
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"The smooth highway over which thousands of automobiles skim in long summer processions from Massachusetts to the mountains, coquettes with Chocorua as it winds through the Ossipees. Sometimes... More > it tosses you over a ridge whence the blue bulk and gray pinnacle stand bewitchingly revealed for a second only to be eclipsed in another second by the lesser, nearby beauties of the hill country, and leave you wistful..."< Less
Forests and Fields Through The Year By Winthrop Packard, Jeffrey Kelley, Ed.
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I discovered Packard's writings about the time I discovered Ponkapoag Pond while living in the suburbs of Boston in the 1990s. About that time, I began to discover the wonders of photography and... More > began exploring the many parks and reservations contained within the "Emerald Necklace" surrounding and running through Boston. Blue Hill Reservation and Ponkapoag Pond were close by and perfect for a budding nature photographer. Blue Hill Reservation was established as a preserve set aside for public recreation in 1893, with a far-sighted goal: preserve and protect the land for the benefit of all. Farmland and wood lots were purchased and combined into over 7000 acres of rolling hills and ancient ponds. Today, only minutes from the über-urban Boston, Blue Hill Reservation is a wonderful natural resource for city-bound residents. For me, someone who grew up on a farm in the Adirondacks, it was my refuge from urban life.< Less