Eudora Welty’s World: Words On Nature

I have been enjoying one of my old friends, the book edited by Patti Carr Black –

Eudora Welty’s World: Words On Nature.

This little gem, edited by the former Director of the Old Capitol Museum In Jackson, is a favorite of mine.  Some of the things I love about Eudora Welty’s writing  are the descriptive quality of her writing and her love of nature and language.

The book is highlighted with watercolors by Robin Whitfield…

Eudora Welty's World

Each section begins with a watercolor…

Trees…

watercolor

about the magnolia…

“Magnolia’s the loudest tree there is in a storm, said Doc.” -from The Wide Net

Birds…

watercolor

about birds…

“For a moment nothing broke the silence except a bird shuffling about in the althea bush like somebody looking through a bureau drawer where something had been put away.”  -from Losing Battles

 The Seasons…

autumn

about Fall…

 “Each tree like a single leaf, half hair-fine skeleton, half gauze and green, let the first suspicious wind through its old, pressed shape, its summertime branches.  The air came smelling of what it was, the end of September.” – from The Wanderers

 Time Of Day…

watercolor

about Night…

“Night fell.  The darkness was thin, like some sleazy dress that has been worn and worn for many winters and always lets the cold through to the bones.  Then the moon rose.  A farm lay quite visible, like a white stone in water, among the stretches of deep woods in their colorless dead leaf.”

– from The Whistle

 The Sky…

watercolor

about Clouds…

“In the sky clouds moved no more perceptibly than grazing animals” – from Moon Lake

 Places…

watercolor

about Moon Lake…

“Luminous of course but hidden from them.  Moon Lake streamed out in the night.  By moonlight sometimes it seemed to run like a river.  Beyond the cry of the frogs there were the sounds of a boat moored somewhere, of its vague, clumsy reaching at the shore, those sounds that are recognized as being made by something sightless.” – from Moon Lake

I enjoy this little book time and again – highly recommended by me!

dog reading a book

Happy Wednesday!

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  1. Love your blog Marsha !