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The Desert: Further Stories in Natural Appearances
John Charles Van Dyke
Visualització completa - 1904
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Pàgina 26 - Gordon ; and every day, from the rising up of the sun to the going down of the same, pray for his health and vigour. My lord," said the speaker, rising in his stirrups, " it is a glorious cause, and must not be forgotten.
Pàgina 139 - The sahuaro, the bisnaga, the cholla, and the pan-cake lobed prickly pear would have a short life and not a merry one if they were left to the mercy of the desert prowler. As it is' they are sometimes sadly worried about their roots by rabbits and in their lobes by the deer. It seems almost incredible but is not the less a fact, that deer and desert cattle will eat the cholla— fruit, stem, and trunk — though it bristles with spines that will draw blood from the human hand at the slightest touch....
Pàgina 232 - Look out from the mountain's edge once more. A dusk is gathering on the desert's face, and over the eastern horizon the purple shadow of the world is reaching up to the sky. The light is fading out. Plain and mesa are blurring into unknown distances, and mountain-ranges are looming dimly into unknown heights. Warm drifts of lilac-blue are drawn like mists across the valleys; the yellow sands have shifted into a pallid gray. The glory of the wilderness has gone down with the sun. Mystery — that...
Pàgina xi - The desert has gone a-begging for a word of praise these many years. It never had a sacred poet; it has in me only a lover." Earlier in the same paragraph he says, "And so my book is only an excuse for talking about the beautiful things in this desert world . . . ." And perhaps that is a good enough answer to the question of what both Desert Solitaire and The Desert are about. Neither writer needs much excuse to talk about the beauty of his beloved; nor, for that matter, do any of us. The French...
Pàgina 171 - ... He claimed never to have seen the springtime flowering that can turn an Arizona hillside into a radiance of golden poppies. Flowers, he insisted, were too delicate to make an impact on that hard land. The animals he saw were lean, gaunt, fiercely aggressive, armed with fangs and poison and claws. They seem like a precious pack of cutthroats, these beasts and reptiles of the desert. Perhaps there never was a life so nurtured in violence, so tutored in attack and defence as this. The warfare is...
Pàgina 26 - It is a gaunt land of splintered peaks, torn valleys, and hot skies. And at every step there is the suggestion of the fierce, the defiant, the defensive. Everything 432 within its borders seems fighting to maintain itself against destroying forces. There is a war of elements and a struggle for existence going on here that for ferocity is unparalleled elsewhere in nature.
Pàgina 16 - ... free the planes from the ice were rewarded, and one plane with six men in it rose and left that hell, forever. Yet even after such an experience, we had not had enough. Our work was not yet finished. Beyond — to the northward — still stretched the unknown. Between the Pole and Alaska lay what? Mystery — a mystery as luminous and yet as impenetrable as its own mirage — enveloped an area, on the Alaska side of the Pole, twice that of the United States east of the Mississippi River. For...
Pàgina 129 - The virile and healthy things of the earth are hers ; and so, too, are disease, dissolution, and death. The flower and the grass spring up, they fade, they wither ; and Nature neither rejoices in the life nor sorrows in the death. She is neither good nor evil ; she is only a great law of change that passeth understanding. The gorgeous pageantry of the earth with all its beauty, the life thereon with its hopes and fears and struggles, and we a part of the universal whole, are brought Growth and decay.
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