The Andes and the Amazon: Or, Across the Continent of South America

Harper & Brothers, 1870 - 356 pagina's
This work is the result of a scientific expedition to the equatorial Andes and the Amazon River under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution.

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Pagina 38 - The day has passed delightfully. Delight itself, however, is a weak term to express the feelings of a naturalist who, for the first time, has wandered by himself in a Brazilian forest. The elegance of the grasses, the novelty of the parasitical plants, the beauty of the flowers, the glossy green of the foliage, but above all the general luxuriance of the vegetation, filled me with admiration.
Pagina x - Among the scenes which are deeply impressed on my mind, none exceed in sublimity the primeval forests undefaced by the hand of man ; whether those of Brazil, where the powers of Life are predominant, or those of Tierra del Fuego, where Death and Decay prevail. Both are temples filled with the varied productions of the God of Nature: no one can stand in these solitudes unmoved, and not feel that there is more in man than the mere breath of his body.
Pagina 190 - The sound spoke eloquently to the geologist; the thousands and thousands of stones, which, striking against each other made the one dull uniform sound, were all hurrying in one direction. It was like thinking on time, where the minute that now glides past is irrecoverable. So was it with these stones ; the ocean is their eternity, and each note of that wild music told of one more step towards their destiny.
Pagina 221 - Of individual objects, perhaps nothing is more certain to create astonishment than the first sight in his native haunt of a barbarian, — of man in his lowest and most savage state.
Pagina 221 - One's mind hurries back over past centuries, and then asks, could our progenitors have been men like these? — men, whose very signs and expressions are less intelligible to us than those of the domesticated animals ; men, who do not possess the instinct of those animals, nor yet appear to boast of human reason, or at least of arts consequent on that reason. I do not believe it is possible to describe or paint the difference between savage and civilized man. It is the difference between a wild and...
Pagina 304 - The toucans, to be sure, might retort, to what purpose were gentlemen in Bond street created ? To what purpose were certain foolish, prating members of Parliament created...
Pagina 115 - But when we consider that, in fact, it was an intermittent movement — alternate upheaval and subsidence — we must add an unknown number of millennia. Three times the Andes sank hundreds of feet beneath the ocean level, and again were slowly brought up to their present height. The suns of uncounted ages have risen and set upon these sculptured forms, though geologically recent, casting the same line of shadows century after century. A long succession of brute races roamed over the mountains and...
Pagina 306 - It is impossible to contradict a gentleman who has been in the forests of Cayenne ; but we are determined as soon as a campanero is brought to England, to make him toll in a public place, and have the distance measured. The toucan has an enormous bill, makes a noise like a puppy dog, and lays his eggs in hollow trees. How astonishing are the freaks and fancies of nature ! To what purpose, we say, is a bird placed in the woods of Cayenne...
Pagina 223 - ... or stealthy boa-constrictor. Morning and evening the howling monkeys make a most fearful and harrowing noise, under which it is difficult to keep up one's buoyancy of spirit. The feeling of inhospitable wildness which the forest is calculated to inspire is increased tenfold under this fearful uproar.
Pagina 163 - A moment destroys the illusion of a whole life ; our deceptive faith in the repose of nature vanishes, and we feel transported, as it were, into a realm of unknown destructive forces.

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