30 January 1859

by layman k

Jan. 30. How peculiar the hooting of an owl! It  is not shrill and sharp like the scream of a hawk, but full, round, and sonorous, waking the echoes of the  wood.

The surface of the snow, especially on hillsides, has a peculiarly combed or worn appearance where water has run in a thaw; i. e., the whole surface shows regular furrows at a distance, as if it had been scraped with an immense comb.


-from the journals of Henry David Thoreau