Wanderings in New South Wales, Batavia, Pedir Coast, Singapore, and China: Being the Journal of a Naturalist in Those Countries During 1832, 1833, and 1834, Volume 1

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Richard Bentley, 1834 - 428 halaman
 

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Halaman 30 - I), which shone with a beautiful pale-greenish light, and there were also a few small fish in the net at the same time ; after the mass had been passed through, the light was still seen astern until it became invisible in the distance, and the whole of the ocean then became hidden in darkness as before this took place. The scene was as novel as it was beautiful and interesting, more so from having ascertained, by capturing the luminous animals, the cause of the phenomenon.
Halaman 328 - He retails elsewhere an old but not a bad story of General Macquarie's attempt to induce the natives to cultivate the ground, by a distribution of seeds and implements : — • ' Among the packets of seed sent for distribution were some which contained fish-hooks : these, together with the seeds, were given by the governor to the sable monarch, King Bungaree. Some time after the governor inquired of him whether the seeds had yet come up ? " Oh, berry well, berry well," exclaimed Bungaree, " all...
Halaman 29 - June, 1832, after a large shoal offish had been observed : — ' Late at night the mate of the watch came and called me to witness a very unusual appearance in the water, which he, on first seeing, considered to be breakers. On arriving upon the deck, this was found to be a very broad and extensive sheet of phosphorescence, extending in a direction from east to west as far as the eye could reach : the luminosity was confined to the range of animals in this shoal — there was no similar light in...
Halaman 22 - But it must not be supposed they have the power of elevating themselves in the air, after having left their...
Halaman 30 - ... phenomenon. The ship soon cleaved through the brilliant mass, from which, by the disturbance, strong flashes of light were emitted ; and the shoal (judging from the time the vessel took in passing through the mass) may have been a mile in breadth ; the passage of the vessel through them increased the light around to a far stronger degree, illuminating the ship. On taking in the towing-net it was found half-filled with Pyroioma (Atlanticum I), which shone with a beautiful pale-greenish light...
Halaman 21 - ... in the air, like a parachute, after it has leaped from the water by some power which is possessed even by the whale. From the structure of the fin, I cannot consider it at all calculated for repeated percussions out of the water } while in that fluid it continues its natural action uninjured...
Halaman 35 - ... given, when the creature elevates itself in the air ; rising and falling as if some concealed power guided its various motions, without any muscular exertion of its own ; and then descending sweeps the air close to the stern of the ship, with an independence of manner, as if it were
Halaman 256 - I was prevented, by the unfavourable state of the weather, from undertaking the journey until the 12th of December, at dawn of which day, accompanied by a stock-keeper and some of the blacks, I commenced my excursion. The day was fine ; and by taking a circuitous path on the declivities of the hills, we were able to ascend on horseback.* After riding over the lower ranges, we arrived a short distance above the base of the Bugong Mountain, tethered the horses, and ascended on foot, by a steep and...
Halaman 61 - RN, I visited Elizabeth Bay, about two miles distant from Sydney, and the property of the Honourable Alexander Macleay. The situation is beautiful, being in a retired bay or cove of Port Jackson, and the garden and farm is near the sea. This spot, naturally of the most sterile description, has been rendered, at a great expense and perseverance, in some degree productive as a nursery for rare trees, shrubs, and plants, from all parts of the world. We were much gratified with the valuable and rare...
Halaman 62 - Of this plant there are two sorts ; the leaves of both resemble those of flags, but the flowers are smaller, and their clusters more numerous ; in one kind they are yellow, and in the other a deep red.

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