A Winter’s Walk

     Any frequent visitor to THE EARTH CONNECTION can tell that I am enamored of the writing of Henry David Thoreau. 

     In light of the recent good-sized snowfall we had here in the Shenandoah Valley, I am posting a short passage from Thoreau’s 1843 essay, “A Winter Walk. ” In it, he–imaginatively and satisfyingly–describes his environment, altered by a snowfall during the previous night.–April Moore

     “But while the earth has slumbered, all the air has been alive with feathery flakes descending, as if some northern Ceres reigned, showering her silvery grain over all the fields.  We sleep, and at length awake to the still reality of a winter morning.  The snow lies warm as cotton or down upon the window sill;  the broadened sash and frosted panes admit a dim and private light, which enhances the snug cheer within.”–Henry David Thoreau

     I especially like Thoreau’s image of a “dim and private light,” that indoor light subdued by snow on the windows. –AM

photo by Trish Mayo

photo by Trish Mayo


2 Responses to “A Winter’s Walk”

  1. Joan Brundage Says:

    Beautiful, April. Thanks for sharing Thoreau.

  2. Judy Muller Says:

    This is exquisite. Such an unfolding joy to rediscover Thoreau.

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