Imago lacus

The picture above was taken by a dear friend, the American poet Debra Kang Dean (please do not use it without permission). I met Debra three years before, when I went to Walden to work with his late husband Brad, a great Thoreau scholar. Once we spent hours tracking this quotation: "Some men go fishing all their lives without ever realizing it's not fish they are after." We concluded that Thoreau never wrote it, but si non è vero...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

May 20, 1853

Saw a tanager in Sleepy hollow--  It most takes the eye of any bird--  You here have the  red-wing reversed--the deepest scarlet of the red-wing spread over the whole body--not on the wing coverts merly while the wings are black. It flies through the green foliage as if it would ignite the leaves--

H D Thoreau
Journal

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