This rise and fall of Walden at long intervals serves this use at least; the water
standing at this great height for a year or more, though it makes it difficult to walk round it, kills the shrubs and trees which have sprung up about its edge since the last rise -- pitch pines, birches, alders, aspens, and others -- and, falling again, leaves an unobstructed shore; for, unlike many ponds and all waters
which are subject to a daily tide, its shore is cleanest when the water
Herons and other birds, century after century, have gone on daily devouring fish; they then take flight and go to other waters
, or are blown across the sea; and we have seen that seeds retain their power of germination, when rejected in pellets or in excrement, many hours afterwards.
Long ere the last of the column could hope to reach the upper pits which lay above the danger point I was convinced that the waters
would surge after us in overwhelming volume, and that fully half the expedition would be snuffed out.
This lady, then, had lived some years with one Captain Waters
, who was a captain in the same regiment to which Mr Northerton belonged.
Martin, the country presented its usual dull brown appearance; but here, a very small rill of water
produces a most refreshing margin of luxuriant vegetation.
It crosses this lake only at one end with so violent a rapidity, that the waters
of the Nile may be distinguished through all the passage, which is six leagues.
The morning mists curled and clung to the water
so that we could see nothing, but we busied ourselves driving the chill from our bodies with hot coffee.
It suggests no crystal waters
, no picturesque shores, no sublimity.
I was forced to approach the dangerous left-hand wall in order to make the turn, and I depended upon the power of the motors to carry us through the surging waters
tasted like a solution of a dozen disagreeable things, and was sufficiently nauseous to have made the fortune of the proprietor, had the spa been situated in the midst of any civilized community.
The curiosity excited by this unusual exposure of the secrets of the lake seemed to be mutual between the heiress of the land and the lord of these waters
, for the “ “salmon-trout” soon announced his interest by raising his head and body for a few degrees above a horizontal line, and then dropping them again into a horizontal position.
We walked round the hillock and gazed about anxiously on the other side, but it was the same story, not a drop of water
could be found; there was no indication of a pan, a pool, or a spring.