Fragrance Quote for February 5th, 2012- A VIEW ON ALABAMA RIVER By Elizabeth Fries Ellet

A VIEW ON ALABAMA RIVER By Elizabeth Fries Ellet

If you take a stroll, along the shaded banks of the Alabama river, on a soft, sunny morning in Spring, (a southern Spring begins in February, but April will yield you some delightful days,) when the wooing blandness of the air disposes you to serene meditation and love of Nature, you will have some hours of enjoyment that any inhabitant of the city might envy you. As you inhale the fresh air, loaded with the perfume of young, green leaves, and the fragrance of prairie-flowers, and look around on the varied landscape, you will feel that an hour, of communion with Nature's beauty, is worth more than can be estimated.

A chief element, in these pleasurable emotions, is, the delicious mildness of the weather. Here, are no harsh or cutting gales, to sweep by, and bring a Wintry frown over the Summer scene. A balmy softness pervades the whole atmosphere; a quiet, dreamy languor insensibly falls upon you, soothing all tumultuous sensations, till you feel that there is tranquil happiness in the very air and blessed sunshine.

Ascend now, by a winding path, to the summit of that lofty bluff, which commands a wide and beautiful range of scenery. On the right, the dingy blue waters of the river wind their sluggish course, between high and rugged banks. Huge crags of limestone, green with damp moss, project, here and there, overshadowed by the lofty sycamore and wide-spreading oak, while clusters of mountain-laurel intervene, their rich blossoms contrasting, beautifully, with the deep green of the surrounding foliage. A wide forest-scene, undulating like the sea, and varied by the play of light and shade over the tree tops, stretches beyond; indented, here and there, with plantations and prairies. The prairies are not, as in the West, clothed with tall, waving grass, for the grass, here, is short and comparatively scanty; but they are absolutely covered with bright yellow flowers. They are not extensive, and have the appearance of so many lovely flower-gardens, scattered amidst a wilderness of woods.