Thoreau’s Ice-Harp

Conditions here and elsewhere remind me of this rather beautiful image from Henry David Thoreau, found in his famous work Walden.

At Walden Pond, I found a musical instrument which I call the ice-harp. It’s a thin coat of ice covered a part of the pond but melted around the edge of the shore. I threw a stone upon the ice which rebounded with a shrill sound, & falling again & again, repeated the note with pleasing modulation. I thought at thirst it was the ‘peep’ ‘peep’ of a bird I had scared. I was so taken with the music that I threw down my stick & spent twenty minutes throwing stones single or in handfuls on this crystal drum.”

Thoreau was rather fascinated by winter. His journal pages are filled with notes on ice.

from learner.org

Source: The Writings of Henry David Thoreau: Journal, ed. by B. Torrey, 1837-1846 … – Henry David Thoreau – Google Books