Excerpt from In the Open: Intimate Studies and Appreciations of Nature There is an estate on which we pay tax and which is t susceptible of improvement. It is of indefinite extent and is to be reached by taking the road to the nearest woods and fields. While this is quite as valuable as any property we may possess as a matter of fact few assert their title to it. Nature is in herself a perpetual invitation to come into the open. The woods are an unfailing resource; the mountains and the sea companionable. To count among one's friends the birds and flowers and trees is surely worth while; for to come upon a new flower is then in the nature of an agreeable events and a chance meeting with a bird may lend a pleasant flavor to the day. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.