Low-slung and innocuous-looking, the control structures sit in the middle of a meadowy
expanse, resembling modest bridges and culverts more than the crucial floodgates they are.
A single tree becomes thus the crowning beauty of some meadowy
vale, and the expression of the whole surrounding forest is at once more spirited for it.
Near the lake, which we were approaching with as much expectation as if it had been a university,--for it is not often that the stream of our life opens into such expansions,--were islands, and a low and meadowy
shore with scattered trees, birches, white and yellow, slanted over the water, and maples,--many of the white birches killed, apparently by inundations.