Under the Open Sky; Being a Year with Nature

Under the Open Sky; Being a Year with Nature

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...and merriest in the love time, which is the springtime, his cheery nature keeps bubbling over well into fall, in sheer exuberance of spirits, until cold weather dampens his ardor. His joy, so a scientist tells us, rises and falls so absolutely with the thermometer, that it is possible to calculate the temperature with a reasonable degree of precision by the pitch of the cricket's shrilling. But, however the male cricket may evince his joy, we are entirely in the dark as to the degree of response in his dusky mate. Her story is untold, at least in any language we have learned to understand, for she is voiceless. THE CRICKET A FIDDLER Indeed, it is only by a stretch of the imagination that we may call the chirp of the cricket its voice. These strange creatures are soentirely different from us in every way that, though even the scientist uses human terms in speaking of them, these terms only apply by the roughest analogies. Their eyes are unlike our eyes, and must present a totally different picture of the landscape. Their ears are so different from ours and so strangely placed that we were long in doubt as to what the organ meant and still in many cases are uncertain. Their aws have positively no relation to our jaws; indeed they probably were originally legs, and they work from side to side instead of up and down as our jaws do. And so it is with the voice. Our voice, as well as the bark of the dog, the song of the bird, the hiss of the serpent, the croak of the frog, all are made in some way or other by the air we breathe. Every one of these sounds is produced on a wind instrument. But the cricket fiddles to his mate, and so do his cousins the grasshopper and the katydid. When the grasshopper tunes his musical instrument the fiddle...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123696361X
  • 9781236963611