The shore is composed of a belt of smooth rounded white stones like paving-stones, excepting one or two short sand beaches, and is so steep that in many places a single leap will carry you into water
over your head; and were it not for its remarkable transparency, that would be the last to be seen of its bottom till it rose on the opposite side.
I do not believe that botanists are aware how charged the mud of ponds is with seeds: I have tried several little experiments, but will here give only the most striking case: I took in February three table-spoonfuls of mud from three different points, beneath water
, on the edge of a little pond; this mud when dry weighed only
The fire and smoke were to be feared a thousand times over the water
, and so I seized upon the first gallery which led out of and up from the suffocating smoke that was engulfing us.
You are a fool," I said angrily to Ventvogel; "there is no water
I am going in search of the Water
of Life, because my father is ill, and like to die: can you help me?
On each side of the lower surface, or foot, there is a broad membrane, which appears sometimes to act as a ventilator, in causing a current of water
to flow over the dorsal branchiae or lungs.
In the water
he is daring and fierce, and will seize on any that are so unfortunate as to be found by him bathing, who, if they escape with life, are almost sure to leave some limb in his mouth.
I heard answering shouts from the people in the water
Cries and yells of warning and anger were flying over the quiet water
, and somewhere a conch shell was being blown with great success.
They look so snug and so homelike, and at eventide when every thing seems to slumber, and the music of the vesper bells comes stealing over the water
, one almost believes that nowhere else than on the lake of Como can there be found such a paradise of tranquil repose.
I attribute this to the fact of the smallness of the beach, the enormous depth of surrounding water
and the great distance at which Caprona lies from her nearest neighbor.
tasted like a solution of a dozen disagreeable things, and was sufficiently nauseous to have made the fortune of the proprietor, had the spa been situated in the midst of any civilized community.