There's Daylight In The Swamps (book report)

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For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee...
Deuteronomy 4:32

This is a book that I am starting to read about is written by a teacher and historian, Mert Cowley.

The author combined nearly two hundred old photographs, and he did hundreds of hours of research... Mr. Cowley also used excerpts from the diary of an old logger and takes you through the start of logging during the middle of the 1800's to the end of the old lumber camps of the early 1900's...

I asked a librarian in our town if she had heard of the book, "There's Daylight In The Swamps." She laughed and said she hadn't heard that expression for several years, but that's what her father used to say when he wanted to wake her up before she went to school in the morning. I had thought also that is what the expression meant in terms of waking up until I read the author's reference to it below...

A quote from *Author Mert Cowley's book : ( which I thought very interesting)

"Most of us grew up thinking that the term "daylight in the swamp" was used as
an early morning wake-up call in those old lumber camps...In truth, the origin of the term had nothing to do with waking anyone up. It was an expression used in the state of Maine when trees were being cut in the lowlands and swamps, When a clearing was made, people would exclaim as the rays of the sun reached the ground, that there was finally some "daylight in the swamp."

I was surprised to read that pine trees during those bygone days stood two hundred feet tall and at that time were three hundred years old..Millions of trees were cut for land to be cleared for farming, etc... They would also have clearing bees where neighbors got together to help a newcomer clear a piece of land.

I hope to finish reading this very interesting book before it is due at the library ...
I am also enjoying the photography it contains of logging days ...When my husband and I recently went to a restaurant to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary, we found out about this book when observing old time lumberjack photographs that lined the walls throughout the restaurant...The waitress then showed us the book upon questioning her about the pictures and I decided to put it on request through our local library.

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  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (18 Jan 2011):

    Everything about this is fascinating, Andrea. After reading your narrative and the excerpt from the book, I appreciated your image even more, as you have created a look and feel reminiscent of those earlier times. Maine is my "home away from home" but I was unaware of the giant, old growth forests there that fell to the ax. Happily, Maine is still heavily forested, and the swamps ("ponds") are as murky as ever. Good book report!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (18 Jan 2011):

    Dick said it so eloquently that I won't add any more words!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (18 Jan 2011):

    I agree Dick said almost everything, except that this is a stunning photo of you Andrea!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (18 Jan 2011):

    Beautiful SP and a wonderful narrative, Andrea! I had never heard the term (not many swamps in California). Perfect entry for the theme!

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (18 Jan 2011):

    I agree just perfect for this theme!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (18 Jan 2011):

    I have never heard that expression so I learned lots of new stuff. What a great read and I just know the pictures are wonderful. A terrific SP Andrea. Very fitting for the book.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (18 Jan 2011):

    A most informative and interesting book report!! And the image caps it off, perfectly!!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (19 Jan 2011):

    Very interesting info!! Wonderful photo Andrea!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (20 Jan 2011):

    very well captured and narrated,,Andrea !

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (22 Jan 2011):

    Your delightful SP beautifully reflects this fascinating book and your excellent narrative.

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    Excellent photo and entry!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (25 Jan 2011):

    beautiful !!! Great tones

  • Deb Exteen

    Deb Exteen (Deleted) gave props (27 Jan 2011):

    Superb photo full of class.

  • Clare Wise de Wet

    Clare Wise de Wet gave props (29 May 2011):

    This has to be one of the best entries in this theme. Both your portrait and the narrative given are outstanding. One of the few who clearly understood the requirements for the theme!.

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