I saw some flowers in the woods and went to look at them.
Anyone stupid enough to go wandering in the woods deserves this.
In the woods beside the house.
He could see a green open space just beyond; and then the woods seemed to be thicker and darker.
You're just grumpy because you have to go to court instead of playing in the woods with us.
I threw the hen into the woods, so the fox will probably get it anyway.
We read and studied out of doors, preferring the sunlit woods to the house.
Once into the woods, she began to relax.
I promise I won't go into the woods alone again.
She took off, noting where she entered the woods, and using a tall Sycamore tree as a trail marker.
You went into the woods alone?
A car was parked on the far side of the woods, about a hundred yards from the house.
They walked through the woods arm in arm.
At one point, Tiger Woods got a dime for every box of Wheaties cereal with his photo on it, while the farmer was paid only a nickel for the wheat in that same box—and the farmer still made a profit.
These things would pass away; here were lakes and woods and broad daisy-starred fields and sweet-breathed meadows, and they shall endure forever.
She sloshed down the trail, scanning the woods ahead as she neared.
Surely it wouldn't be too dangerous to walk a little way into the woods and look around.
It was stupid to eat something from the woods without having someone to advise her.
Out there in the woods lay a multitude of plants she wanted to see, and no slithering reptile was going to stand in her way.
With such reminiscences I repeopled the woods and lulled myself asleep.
Sure, I'd love to go explore the woods with you, but let's forget about my legs.
You promised you wouldn't go into the woods alone.
I was beginning to think you went out in the woods again, looking for flowers.
In spite of the wound, he hobbled away at a brisk pace to the nearby woods at the edge of the property.
I tromped back through the woods to my car and caught my breath.
The king himself was obliged to hide in the wild woods while his foes hunted for him with hounds.
And Robert the Bruce was never again obliged to hide in the woods or to run from savage hounds.
They say he is hunting in the woods, and perhaps will ride out this way.
All my early lessons have in them the breath of the woods--the fine, resinous odour of pine needles, blended with the perfume of wild grapes.
I joined in all their sports and rambles through the woods and frolics in the water.
It was very pleasant out in the shady woods, and we all enjoyed the picnic very much.
I wish the Wrentham woods were round the corner!
Oh my! if they only realized their limitations, they would flee for their lives to the woods and fields.
I also dreamed that I might gather the wild herbs, or carry evergreens to such villagers as loved to be reminded of the woods, even to the city, by hay-cart loads.
But in other directions, even from this point, I could not see over or beyond the woods which surrounded me.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
At a sufficient distance over the woods this sound acquires a certain vibratory hum, as if the pine needles in the horizon were the strings of a harp which it swept.
At evening, the distant lowing of some cow in the horizon beyond the woods sounded sweet and melodious, and at first I would mistake it for the voices of certain minstrels by whom I was sometimes serenaded, who might be straying over hill and dale; but soon I was not unpleasantly disappointed when it was prolonged into the cheap and natural music of the cow.
Sometimes one would circle round and round me in the woods a few feet distant as if tethered by a string, when probably I was near its eggs.
But now one answers from far woods in a strain made really melodious by distance--Hoo hoo hoo, hoorer hoo; and indeed for the most part it suggested only pleasing associations, whether heard by day or night, summer or winter.
The note of this once wild Indian pheasant is certainly the most remarkable of any bird's, and if they could be naturalized without being domesticated, it would soon become the most famous sound in our woods, surpassing the clangor of the goose and the hooting of the owl; and then imagine the cackling of the hens to fill the pauses when their lords' clarions rested!
To walk in a winter morning in a wood where these birds abounded, their native woods, and hear the wild cockerels crow on the trees, clear and shrill for miles over the resounding earth, drowning the feebler notes of other birds--think of it!
The wildest animals do not repose, but seek their prey now; the fox, and skunk, and rabbit, now roam the fields and woods without fear.
They who come rarely to the woods take some little piece of the forest into their hands to play with by the way, which they leave, either intentionally or accidentally.
I have my horizon bounded by woods all to myself; a distant view of the railroad where it touches the pond on the one hand, and of the fence which skirts the woodland road on the other.
I have never felt lonesome, or in the least oppressed by a sense of solitude, but once, and that was a few weeks after I came to the woods, when, for an hour, I doubted if the near neighborhood of man was not essential to a serene and healthy life.
I had more visitors while I lived in the woods than at any other period in my life; I mean that I had some.
Sometimes I saw him at his work in the woods, felling trees, and he would greet me with a laugh of inexpressible satisfaction, and a salutation in Canadian French, though he spoke English as well.
Men of business, even farmers, thought only of solitude and employment, and of the great distance at which I dwelt from something or other; and though they said that they loved a ramble in the woods occasionally, it was obvious that they did not.
Children come a-berrying, railroad men taking a Sunday morning walk in clean shirts, fishermen and hunters, poets and philosophers; in short, all honest pilgrims, who came out to the woods for freedom's sake, and really left the village behind, I was ready to greet with--"Welcome, Englishmen! welcome, Englishmen!" for I had had communication with that race.
When I was four years old, as I well remember, I was brought from Boston to this my native town, through these very woods and this field, to the pond.
The crop of English hay is carefully weighed, the moisture calculated, the silicates and the potash; but in all dells and pond-holes in the woods and pastures and swamps grows a rich and various crop only unreaped by man.
When my hoe tinkled against the stones, that music echoed to the woods and the sky, and was an accompaniment to my labor which yielded an instant and immeasurable crop.
But sometimes it was a really noble and inspiring strain that reached these woods, and the trumpet that sings of fame, and I felt as if I could spit a Mexican with a good relish--for why should we always stand for trifles?--and looked round for a woodchuck or a skunk to exercise my chivalry upon.
As I walked in the woods to see the birds and squirrels, so I walked in the village to see the men and boys; instead of the wind among the pines I heard the carts rattle.
It was very pleasant, when I stayed late in town, to launch myself into the night, especially if it was dark and tempestuous, and set sail from some bright village parlor or lecture room, with a bag of rye or Indian meal upon my shoulder, for my snug harbor in the woods, having made all tight without and withdrawn under hatches with a merry crew of thoughts, leaving only my outer man at the helm, or even tying up the helm when it was plain sailing.
It is darker in the woods, even in common nights, than most suppose.
They lived about a mile off through the woods, and were quite used to the route.
It is a surprising and memorable, as well as valuable experience, to be lost in the woods any time.
I had gone down to the woods for other purposes.
However, I was released the next day, obtained my mended shoe, and returned to the woods in season to get my dinner of huckleberries on Fair Haven Hill.
I never fastened my door night or day, though I was to be absent several days; not even when the next fall I spent a fortnight in the woods of Maine.
Sometimes, after staying in a village parlor till the family had all retired, I have returned to the woods, and, partly with a view to the next day's dinner, spent the hours of midnight fishing from a boat by moonlight, serenaded by owls and foxes, and hearing, from time to time, the creaking note of some unknown bird close at hand.
The hills which form its shores are so steep, and the woods on them were then so high, that, as you looked down from the west end, it had the appearance of an amphitheatre for some land of sylvan spectacle.
That devilish Iron Horse, whose ear-rending neigh is heard throughout the town, has muddied the Boiling Spring with his foot, and he it is that has browsed off all the woods on Walden shore, that Trojan horse, with a thousand men in his belly, introduced by mercenary Greeks!
A walk through the woods thither was often my recreation.
Since the wood-cutters, and the railroad, and I myself have profaned Walden, perhaps the most attractive, if not the most beautiful, of all our lakes, the gem of the woods, is White Pond;--a poor name from its commonness, whether derived from the remarkable purity of its waters or the color of its sands.
The shower was now over, and a rainbow above the eastern woods promised a fair evening; so I took my departure.
Was that a farmer's noon horn which sounded from beyond the woods just now?
Is it some ill-fed village hound yielding to the instinct of the chase? or the lost pig which is said to be in these woods, whose tracks I saw after the rain?
The woods do not yield another such a gem.
It is remarkable how many creatures live wild and free though secret in the woods, and still sustain themselves in the neighborhood of towns, suspected by hunters only.
I formerly saw the raccoon in the woods behind where my house is built, and probably still heard their whinnering at night.
You only need sit still long enough in some attractive spot in the woods that all its inhabitants may exhibit themselves to you by turns.
Once, when berrying, I met with a cat with young kittens in the woods, quite wild, and they all, like their mother, had their backs up and were fiercely spitting at me.
In the fall the loon (Colymbus glacialis) came, as usual, to moult and bathe in the pond, making the woods ring with his wild laughter before I had risen.
They come rustling through the woods like autumn leaves, at least ten men to one loon.
But now the kind October wind rises, rustling the leaves and rippling the surface of the water, so that no loon can be heard or seen, though his foes sweep the pond with spy-glasses, and make the woods resound with their discharges.
It was very exciting at that season to roam the then boundless chestnut woods of Lincoln--they now sleep their long sleep under the railroad--with a bag on my shoulder, and a stick to open burs with in my hand, for I did not always wait for the frost, amid the rustling of leaves and the loud reproofs of the red squirrels and the jays, whose half-consumed nuts I sometimes stole, for the burs which they had selected were sure to contain sound ones.
They grew also behind my house, and one large tree, which almost overshadowed it, was, when in flower, a bouquet which scented the whole neighborhood, but the squirrels and the jays got most of its fruit; the last coming in flocks early in the morning and picking the nuts out of the burs before they fell, I relinquished these trees to them and visited the more distant woods composed wholly of chestnut.
Like the wasps, before I finally went into winter quarters in November, I used to resort to the northeast side of Walden, which the sun, reflected from the pitch pine woods and the stony shore, made the fireside of the pond; it is so much pleasanter and wholesomer to be warmed by the sun while you can be, than by an artificial fire.
As for the axe, I was advised to get the village blacksmith to "jump" it; but I jumped him, and, putting a hickory helve from the woods into it, made it do.
Some of my friends spoke as if I was coming to the woods on purpose to freeze myself.
Where now firm open fields stretch from the village to the woods, it then ran through a maple swamp on a foundation of logs, the remnants of which, doubtless, still underlie the present dusty highway, from the Stratton, now the Alms-House Farm, to Brister's Hill.
East of my bean-field, across the road, lived Cato Ingraham, slave of Duncan Ingraham, Esquire, gentleman, of Concord village, who built his slave a house, and gave him permission to live in Walden Woods;--Cato, not Uticensis, but Concordiensis.
Here, by the very corner of my field, still nearer to town, Zilpha, a colored woman, had her little house, where she spun linen for the townsfolk, making the Walden Woods ring with her shrill singing, for she had a loud and notable voice.
One old frequenter of these woods remembers, that as he passed her house one noon he heard her muttering to herself over her gurgling pot--"Ye are all bones, bones!"
Farther down the hill, on the left, on the old road in the woods, are marks of some homestead of the Stratton family; whose orchard once covered all the slope of Brister's Hill, but was long since killed out by pitch pines, excepting a few stumps, whose old roots furnish still the wild stocks of many a thrifty village tree.
We thought it was far south over the woods--we who had run to fires before--barn, shop, or dwelling-house, or all together.
He died in the road at the foot of Brister's Hill shortly after I came to the woods, so that I have not remembered him as a neighbor.
When the farmers could not get to the woods and swamps with their teams, and were obliged to cut down the shade trees before their houses, and, when the crust was harder, cut off the trees in the swamps, ten feet from the ground, as it appeared the next spring.
One night in the beginning of winter, before the pond froze over, about nine o'clock, I was startled by the loud honking of a goose, and, stepping to the door, heard the sound of their wings like a tempest in the woods as they flew low over my house.
Usually the red squirrel (Sciurus Hudsonius) waked me in the dawn, coursing over the roof and up and down the sides of the house, as if sent out of the woods for this purpose.
Whichever side you walk in the woods the partridge bursts away on whirring wings, jarring the snow from the dry leaves and twigs on high, which comes sifting down in the sunbeams like golden dust, for this brave bird is not to be scared by winter.
I used to start them in the open land also, where they had come out of the woods at sunset to "bud" the wild apple trees.
Late in the afternoon, as he was resting in the thick woods south of Walden, he heard the voice of the hounds far over toward Fair Haven still pursuing the fox; and on they came, their hounding cry which made all the woods ring sounding nearer and nearer, now from Well Meadow, now from the Baker Farm.
Still on they came, and now the near woods resounded through all their aisles with their demoniac cry.
They waited in silence while he skinned the fox, then followed the brush a while, and at length turned off into the woods again.
At midnight, when there was a moon, I sometimes met with hounds in my path prowling about the woods, which would skulk out of my way, as if afraid, and stand silent amid the bushes till I had passed.
As it grew darker, I was startled by the honking of geese flying low over the woods, like weary travellers getting in late from Southern lakes, and indulging at last in unrestrained complaint and mutual consolation.
Early in May, the oaks, hickories, maples, and other trees, just putting out amidst the pine woods around the pond, imparted a brightness like sunshine to the landscape, especially in cloudy days, as if the sun were breaking through mists and shining faintly on the hillsides here and there.
Thus was my first year's life in the woods completed; and the second year was similar to it.
I left the woods for as good a reason as I went there.
As a girl, she had wandered the woods with friends.
He could have led her deep into the woods with intent to harm.
At noon he would come in from a path in the woods, eat and then return by the same path.
If it was so dangerous out there in the woods, why did Giddon feel so safe?
Giddon went back into the building and Lisa made her way through the darkening woods to the spot in the drive where she had entered.
"I don't believe in picking every flower I find in the woods," she said with feigned disdain.
There are bears and other animals in the woods, you know.
If he caught her in the woods, she could say she was looking for wild flowers.
"I happen to like walking in the woods," she responded tersely.
Maybe he was merely angry because she had gone wandering in the woods after he had warned her against it.
I want you to promise me you won't go into the woods alone again.
She was wandering in the woods again and fell down.
That's why you don't wander in the woods, isn't it?
In all the time I spent in the woods as a young girl, that's the first time I've seen a bear.
Every time you go into the woods, you get into trouble.
Once I entered the woods I had only dead reckoning to come out near my quarry.
This 'meet me on the QT out in the woods' bothers me.
His gaze searched the woods behind them in a way that made her nervous.
Harmony met him in the woods, coming from the direction of the palace.
They were deep into the woods in no time, and barely winded.
He raced into the woods with the red head in tow, then stopped and viciously bit into her neck.
They shouldn't be alone out here in the woods, necking like this.
You can't see the woods for the forest.
They left the protected area behind the kingdom and started into the woods on a two-man trail.
I suppose it would be safer than sending you out in the woods with a strange man.
"Anyway," Keaton continued in a stern tone that wasn't unlike her father's, "you could get lost in the woods, or even injured.
At any rate, a stroll through the woods with him sounded inviting.
Now that we've severed that umbilical cord, why don't I show you around the woods a little?
The schoolhouse was two or three miles from home, but he did not mind the long walk through the woods and over the hills.
But there were birds in the woods and some wild goats on the hills.
Long before I learned to do a sum in arithmetic or describe the shape of the earth, Miss Sullivan had taught me to find beauty in the fragrant woods, in every blade of grass, and in the curves and dimples of my baby sister's hand.
I had never crossed it until one day Mildred, Miss Sullivan and I were lost in the woods, and wandered for hours without finding a path.
One large bundle held their all--bed, coffee-mill, looking-glass, hens--all but the cat; she took to the woods and became a wild cat, and, as I learned afterward, trod in a trap set for woodchucks, and so became a dead cat at last.
The whistle of the locomotive penetrates my woods summer and winter, sounding like the scream of a hawk sailing over some farmer's yard, informing me that many restless city merchants are arriving within the circle of the town, or adventurous country traders from the other side.
Here goes lumber from the Maine woods, which did not go out to sea in the last freshet, risen four dollars on the thousand because of what did go out or was split up; pine, spruce, cedar--first, second, third, and fourth qualities, so lately all of one quality, to wave over the bear, and moose, and caribou.
When I first paddled a boat on Walden, it was completely surrounded by thick and lofty pine and oak woods, and in some of its coves grape-vines had run over the trees next the water and formed bowers under which a boat could pass.
Farther in the woods than any of these, where the road approaches nearest to the pond, Wyman the potter squatted, and furnished his townsmen with earthenware, and left descendants to succeed him.
They will come regularly every evening to particular trees, where the cunning sportsman lies in wait for them, and the distant orchards next the woods suffer thus not a little.
In dark winter mornings, or in short winter afternoons, I sometimes heard a pack of hounds threading all the woods with hounding cry and yelp, unable to resist the instinct of the chase, and the note of the hunting-horn at intervals, proving that man was in the rear.
For a week I heard the circling, groping clangor of some solitary goose in the foggy mornings, seeking its companion, and still peopling the woods with the sound of a larger life than they could sustain.
In the village, outside the drink shop, another meeting was being held, which decided that the horses should be driven out into the woods and the carts should not be provided.
To a proposal made by General Campan (who was to attack the fleches) to lead his division through the woods, Napoleon agreed, though the so-called Duke of Elchingen (Ney) ventured to remark that a movement through the woods was dangerous and might disorder the division.
It seemed as if those smoke clouds sometimes ran and sometimes stood still while woods, fields, and glittering bayonets ran past them.
From the left, over fields and bushes, those large balls of smoke were continually appearing followed by their solemn reports, while nearer still, in the hollows and woods, there burst from the muskets small cloudlets that had no time to become balls, but had their little echoes in just the same way.
You wouldn't get two miles into those woods before you were lost.
"It's as safe as a stroll in the woods," Ryland answered, winking at Dean.
No, she still wasn't out of the woods, but everyone seemed pleased at her responses to date.
They were out in the woods in this spot we all know about.
He wasn't chasing the bronze haired beauty, but running through the woods with her, laughing.
Walking through the woods near the house, Elisabeth pulled Jackson's arm.
The sound of a car door, and then an engine starting jarred him into realizing Elisabeth must have stayed in the woods all this time.
She wasn't exactly afraid of him, but she didn't want to be out there in the woods alone with him either.
She was literally at the end of her rope, so flight into the woods was unwise.
One day as he was riding through the woods, some British soldiers saw him.
He promised to take me to Telluride, not some God forsaken place out in the effing woods where I could kill myself!