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Natural Connections

Jan 27, 2022

This week a stack of old books revealed a treasure. Bound in blue cloth with gold writing, “Sharp Eyes: A Rambler’s Calendar of Fifty-Two Weeks among Insects, Birds, and Flowers,” written by William Hamilton Gibson in 1891, offered delightfully verbose descriptions of a walk in nature. In the WINTER section, Gibson called snow, “a great white page storied with the doings of the little wild folk which few of us ever see.” Gibson also wrote admiringly of squirrels, saying that “his sensitive plumy tail in every movement expressive of its homage to the line of beauty.” Enjoy this time capsule!