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On the most sensible he stopped. The April sky used to be framed through the tawny sand and the pines. MARJORIE KINNAN RAWLINGS, The Yearling We traveled on, previous the cost that lay at the back of Santa Rosa, the sloping shacks and the huts on stilts and the rows of overturned canoes at the riverbank. We handed the gate-like front of a eco-friendly lagoon, and driven on, suffering within the river that brimmed at our bow. It was once warmer right here, for the solar used to be above the fingers and the hurricane clouds had vanished inland. there have been no mountains or maybe hills. there has been not anything however the riverbank of arms and occasional timber and yellow-bark bushes, and the sky got here right down to the treetops. The excessive muddy river had flooded the timber at the financial institution. PAUL THEROUX, The Mosquito Coast I seemed off on the blue varieties of the mountains, transforming into much less obvious and cloudlike, transferring their positions, rolling back and forth off the line, coming again and centering in our course, after which sliding off the line back, yet strengthening for all time. We went via a few brush after which out throughout a major flat box that ran prior to us for miles, going directly on the bulging diversity of hills, which was once now turning mile through mile from blue to a gentle green-gold, the colour of billions of hardwood leaves. JAMES DICKEY, Deliverance slender tree- or branch-covered pathway tunnel tree-bordered or hedged and park-like stroll alley deliberate or mall-like alley whose bushes are at the least two times as excessive because the route’s width allée wet land wetland, wetlands tract of low and rainy or spongy flooring marsh, bathroom, fen, swamp, wash, slough, marshland swampy grassland with branching waterways everglade low land topic to flood tides tideland, tidelands flat and typically muddy tideland tidal flat flat land having brackish water salt marsh quarter less than water that's shallow shallows tough or marshy tract of land with one form of crops (shrubs or ferns) brake, bracken sunken and rainy tract of land swale wet low-lying land (usually pineland) flatwoods clump of grass tussock state having few or no bushes open state The solar fell in the back of the appropriate part of the gorge, and the shadow of the financial institution crossed the water so speedy that it used to be like a brief step from one aspect to the opposite. the start of darkness used to be thrown over us like a sheet, and in it the water ran even quicker, frothing and near-foaming below the canoe. JAMES DICKEY, Deliverance It lay within the blue Pacific like a major left-handed gauntlet, the open wristlet dealing with westward towards the island of Oahu, the cupped palms pointing eastward towards Maui. The southern component to Molokai consisted of rolling meadow land, usually with grey and parched grasses, for rainfall was once mild, whereas the northern component used to be indented by way of the most marvelous cliffs within the islands. JAMES MICHENER, Hawaii At our backs rose the large eco-friendly and brown partitions of the sierras, the variety stretching away on both hand in violet and deep blue lots.

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