December 30, 1841

in Thoreau’s Journal:

When the snow is falling thick and fast, the flakes nearest you seem to be driving straight to the ground, while the more distant seem to float in the air in a quivering bank, like feathers, or like birds at play, and not as if sent on any errand.

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So, at a little distance, all the works of nature proceed with sport and frolic. They are more in the eye, and less in the deed.