The Kennett Paper. Chadds Ford, PA:
Why read it? I’m sure you have never heard of Ted Browning. He wrote essays on nature, specifically in
Sample Quotes and Ideas:
“The entire creature [peeper] turns into an echo chamber, a tiny musical instrument from head to toe, vibrating all over, the unearthly swamp music of early spring.” p. 44.
“The eastern box turtle has crawled the woodlands for 500 million years, an evolutionary relic of ice ages and meteorite collisions that wiped out fierce beasts such as mastodons, dinosaurs and saber-toothed tigers.” p. 45.
“…the turtle occupies the same position in native American cultural mythology as does Atlas in Western tradition…hold up the earth and carry it upon their backs.” p. 45.
“The shell of the turtle is built of 13 squarish bony plates fused together—each with its own distinctive shape and to the Indian, each plate represented one of the full moons in the year (there are 12 full moons in a year plus an extra one every few years).” p. 46.
“The seasons, they go round and round/ The painted ponies go up and down/ We’re captives on a carousel of time.” p. 54.
Ted Browning’s 15 great natural events of the year:
Skunk cabbage blooming
Return of red-winged blackbird
Song of the spring peepers
Arrival of spring warblers
Song of the wood thrush
The rising of the summer triangle
Bloom of Summer meadow wild flowers
Swallows gathered on telephone wires
Beginning of hawk migration
Fall color at peak
Rising of Orion the Hunter
First snowfall of winter
Pond freezes over.
To be continued.