Thank you to Northland College and Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute Magazine for sharing the following excerpt from the book Wilderness Days:
by Sigurd F. Olson
"It was late May, before dawn and the first calling of the birds. The lake was breathing softly as in sleep; rising and falling it seemed to me, absorbing like a great sponge all the last sounds of spring; the tiny trickles, the tinklings and whisperings from still-thawing banks of hidden snow and ice. No wind rustled the leaves; there was no lapping of water against the shore, no sound of any kind. But I listened just the same, straining with all my faculties toward something -- I knew not what -- trying to catch the meanings that were in that moment before the lifting of the dark.
Standing there alone, I felt alive, more aware and receptive than ever before. A shout or movement would have destroyed the spell. This was a time for silence, for being in pace with ancient rhythms and timelessness, the breathing of the lake, the slow growth of living things. Here the cosmos could be felt and the true meaning of attunement... "
Happy Earth Day from all of us at Apostle Islands Booksellers!