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Friday, March 23, 2007

in honour of spring

"One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of a March thaw, is the spring.

A cardinal, whistling spring to a thaw but later finding himself mistaken, can retrieve his error by resuming his winter silence. A chipmunk, emerging for a sunbath but finding a blizzard, has only to go back to bed. But a migrating goose, staking two hundred miles of black night on the chance of finding a hole in the lake, has no easy chance for retreat. His arrival carries the conviction of a prophet who has burned his bridges." —ALDO LEOPOLD

from A Sand County Almanac

5 Comments:

Anonymous krissa said...

Ooh. I like this one. It's funny that something so obvious never ocurred to me. ... Here's a little "fun" fact: Canadian Geese are my favorite birds! :)

March 24, 2007 7:39 AM

 
Anonymous Susan said...

That's quite an interesting quote KJM. I'd never thought of it in those terms. The observation is amazing as well as the commitment by the geese.

March 25, 2007 12:33 AM

 
Blogger KJ's muse said...

I agree Susan, and it's beautifully written too. And that's one of the things I love about writing a blog. You try to find a nice quote about spring, and presto, you come across a name and book you'd never even heard of before, but that looks wonderful. This entry in A Sand County Almanac was for March, and it made me want to rush out and buy the book right away.

Good choice for favourite bird, Krissa! ;)

March 25, 2007 4:49 PM

 
Anonymous krissa said...

Any book with Canadian Geese on the cover has to be good. :)

March 26, 2007 1:02 PM

 
Blogger KJ's muse said...

Agree. :)

March 26, 2007 7:55 PM

 

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