Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Adirondack Country. William Chapman White (12).

New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1954.
Why read it? The history of the Adirondacks, the names, the lakes, the peaks, the guides and impressions of the tourists and the seasons. "As a man tramps the woods to the lake.. .he knows he will find pines and lilies, blue heron and golden shiners, shadows on the rocks and the glint of light on the wavelets, just as they were in the summer of 1954, as they will be in 2054 and beyond; he can stand on a rock by the shore and be in a past he could not have known, in a future he will never see; he can be a part of time that was and time yet to come."
“By late August the woods begin to look tired and dusty.” P. 267. ………. “These [late August] are the bittersweet days and nights….” P. 268. ………. “As the old-timers leave they wonder if there will be another summer in the Adirondacks for them.” P. 269. ………. September: “In the store windows hunting equipment replaces fishing gear.” P. 270. ………. September: “A few maple leaves begin to fall; that, the Adirondack people say, means frost within a week.” P. 271. ……… September: “The temperature falls from the sixties to the low forties, almost as fast as a leaf twirls down from a tree.” P. 272. ………. October: “On these days sunlight comes filtered through the leaves and picks up yellow tones…the gold of the translucent leaves of birches and beech…like a golden room, lit from within.” P. 273.

To be continued.

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