Thoreau for your Spring like Sunday…

The opening of large tracts by the ice cutters commonly causes a pond to break up earlier; for the water,agitated by wind, even in cold weather,wears away the surrounding ice.But such was not the effect on Walden that year…A severe cold of a few days’ duration in March may very retard the opening of the former ponds…A thermometer thrust in to the middle of Walden on the 6th of March,1847, stood at 32,or freezing point…One attraction in coming to the woods to live was that I should have the opportunity to see the Spring come in.The ice in the pond at length begins to be honeycombed,and  I can set my heel in it as I walk…I am on the alert for the first signs of spring, to hear the chance note of some arriving bird, or the striped squirrel’s chirp, for his stores must be nearly exhausted… From “Spring”-Walden 1854.

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second pic from thoreau.eserver.org.Also note Thoreau as climate researcher!

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