Thursday, July 17, 2008

Historical Bird Quotation

"It was so desolate it would make an owl weep to fly over it." - Colonel William L. Stone’s description of the undeveloped swampy lowland that, in 1820, was Syracuse, New York, then a town of just 250 people. Source: Mark Kurlansky’s (2002) Salt: a world history.


Blogger John B. said...

I think an owl would prefer very much to fly over the Syracuse of Stone's day than the Syracuse of today. ("March of progress" and all that.)

July 17, 2008 11:05 AM  
Blogger slybird said...

Man, I wish it was still like that. There'd be more cool critters to find.

July 19, 2008 7:58 PM  
Blogger Jennifer W. Hanson said...

I agree with John; anything that desolate to a human eye is likely much less so to an owl's eye.

September 21, 2008 4:46 PM  

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