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helgon · 7 days ago
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“The language of birds is very ancient, and like other ancient modes of speech, very elliptical; little is said, but much is meant and understood.”
— Gilbert White, excerpt from Letter XLIII, Selborne, 9 September 1778, The Natural History of Selborne (1789)
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The language of birds is very ancient, and like other ancient modes of speech, very elliptical; little is said, but much is meant and understood.
Gilbert White, The Natural History of Selborne
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rosewitchhh · 8 months ago
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geopsych · a year ago
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It is, I find, in zoology as it is in botany: all nature is so full, that that district produces the greatest variety which is the most examined.
Gilbert White. 18th century English naturalist. Also implying that if you’re not looking closely there’s probably a lot there that you aren’t seeing. This probably applies to a lot of things other than nature, too, but it makes me think of how local people have told me about the little wood at the end of town, “There’s nothing there” when I have seen turkey, deer, foxes (at least one litter of kits is raised there every year), raccoons, skunks, groundhogs, chipmunks, veeries, hermit thrushes, wood thrushes, 6 kinds of woodpeckers, red-tailed hawks, Coopers hawks, great-horned owls, once in a while an osprey or bald eagle, and countless migrating birds including probably 20 species of warbler, and every year two nesting pairs of scarlet tanagers, and much more. And I’m sure there are things I’m not seeing. Of course to some people I guess that *is* nothing.
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salonduthe · 2 years ago
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Gilbert White’s Natural History of Selborne
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mvshkin-blog · 3 years ago
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He felt, he confessed to a friend, 'like a school boy who has done some mischief, and does not know whether he is to be flogged or not'.
Richard Mabey, in the foreword to Gilbert White’s “A Natural History of Selborne”.
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memoryslandscape · 5 years ago
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The language of birds is very ancient, and like other ancient modes of speech, very elliptical; little is said, but much is meant and understood.
Gilbert White, from Letter XLIII, Selborne, 9 September 1778, The Natural History of Selborne (1789)
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oakapples · 6 years ago
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Now climb the steep, now drop your eye below; Where round the verdurous village orchards blow; There, like a picture, lies my lowly seat A rural, shelter'd, unobserved retreat.
Lines by the great parson-naturalist Gilbert White FRS (1720-1793) on his home amid the beeches at Selborne, Hampshire
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ajackdawintheattic · 7 years ago
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" The language of birds is very ancient,and,like other ancient modes of speech,very elliptical : little is said,but much is meant and understood. Gilbert White Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne. 1789
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scientificillustration · 8 years ago
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Summer dance of the May-flies: Gilbert White, 1771.
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