He poked his hands down into the net and stirred the smelt like they were some kind of broth in the river. He looked like a mad chemist or some ancient priest....
- Michael Delp, As If We Were Prey
In early March, the hills of Leelanau County feel like dark closets, full of some bearish fear. Where my small home perches on the edge of a ravine, the woods and slopes are empty but for the crust of old snow....
- Anne-Marie Oomen, An American Map: Essays
They are amazing, poking through the dead leaves like little rebels. Though I have been admiring the tiny wildflowers and buds that signal the onset of spring in an otherwise dreary woods, the mushrooms are more compelling.
- Michael Kuo, Morels
Service and Friday drove to the Knotty Pine Cafe in Gaastra, an old mining town six miles from Iron River. They took a table by the wall. The counter seats were filled with elderly gents in plaid shirts, suspenders, scuffed boots, and faded baseball caps, all of them smoking hand-rolled cigarettes and yakking in high-speed Yooperese.
- Joseph Heywood, Shadow of the Wolf Tree
When I used to drive home in southern Indiana, I’d often notice what looked like a cloud of smoke on the horizon, far out across the endless flat fields of corn or soybean stubble. The smudge would darken, then dissipate until it was hard to make out, then just as suddenly draw together into a black puff again. Sometimes the “smoke” would veer suddenly in one direction or another, even when there was no wind.
What I was watching wasn’t smoke at all, but the cloud made by 30,000 or so far-off red-winged blackbirds.
- Sally Roth, The Backyard Bird Lover’s Field Guide: Secrets to Attracting, Identifying and Enjoying Birds of Your Region
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