It had fallen from a nest (the wind was blowing hard through the young birchtrees beside the path) and was sprawling motionless, helpless, on the ground, with its little wings outspread.
Like a forgotten dream it came to him that from the tree top he had seen above the spruce thicket the tops of some white birch trees purpling under the touch of spring.
Eagerly he thrust the birch bark at it; too eagerly, alas, for the bark rubbed out the tiny flame.
He opened the matchbox, took out the match, struck it carefully and laid it among the birch bark.
She might well ask, for never but on Sabbath days, since the day they had laid his mother away under the birch trees, had Allan put foot inside the kirkyard.
Summoning all his powers, he once more pulled out his matchbox, rubbed his birch bark fine and, kneeling down, placed it between his knees under the shelter of his hunting jacket.
The birch bark died as suddenly as it had flared up; he heard her breathing quickly, he saw her great eyes melt away like lustrous stars into the returning gloom, and a wild, irresistible impulse moved him.
The birch flared up suddenly, and he saw the glisten of her hair, the glow of her eyes, and the startled change that came into them when she saw that his own eyes were wide open, and looking up at her.
Redder and redder grew the birch flame that lighted up the profile of the girl's face.
The birch crackled more and more faintly in the fire and sounds died away.
Dazzling white villages were planted at their foot, and all the slopes were covered with olive orchards, while the banks of the stream were bordered with silvery birch trees.
The Guadalquivir, winding in the most sinuous mazes, had no longer a turbid hue; he reflected the blue morning sky, and gleamed brightly between his borders of birch and willow.
By the side of a spring, on the breast of Helvellyn, Under the twigs of a young birch tree!
De Geer having had occasion to cut a branch of birch peopled with one of those families, the mother showed every symptom of excessive uneasiness.
He liked to go there sometimes, they said, to look at the sunset from a big rock that stood in the edge of the white birch woods.
As he gave it to her he explained, "It's the kind they make birch beer of.
The racy, black-birch tang still lingering on her tongue was a flavor quite in harmony with this severely washed feeling.
He is after the second growth, as the young birch and ash are called.
The Indian who hunts after basket stuff or birch bark for a canoe hull is the most patient searcher.
The Common Flying Squirrel (Pteromys volans) belongs to the northernmost regions, and his favourite haunt is the pine and birchwoods of Siberia.
For all offences committed against himself or against any one under his jurisdiction he could subject the guilty ones to corporal punishment not exceeding forty lashes with the birch or fifteen blows with the stick (p.
If I had the honor of being principal of a college I should no more think of forbidding the pupils to use tobacco than I should think of commanding them not to use the birch for purposes of self-chastisement.
A piece of dry birch bark started the fire, and Daylight went ahead with the cooking while the Indian unloaded the sled and fed the dogs their ration of dried fish.
He goes right slap up to the foot of a birch tree, first pan, fills it with dirt, and washes out more'n a dollar coarse gold.
And I can see my corner lots selling out for more than your hen-scratching ever turned up on Birch Creek.
And I really believe I could put him on to a few wrinkles in poker and placer mining, and maybe in paddling a birch canoe.
But they made no points; no dropping woodcock whistled up from the shelter of birch or alder; no partridge blundered away from bramble covert or willow fringe.
About Philipshaugh, two miles from Selkirk, the trees are in something of large estate, with oak and birch and fir and rowan, making dark shadows in the fair morning, as the historically minded traveler would fain have it.