Cultural Heritage Analysis

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Nature is something that has surrounded us for thousands of years and will continue to surround us for many more years to come. Whether we realize it or not, at some point in our life nature has helped shape us into who we are today. Some people may say nature brought them closer to their cultural heritage, while others may say nature helped inspire them to have a clearer picture of reality. I personally relate nature more to my cultural heritage which also defines some of my moral values that I firmly believe in. Growing up on the outskirts of a small village, and on the banks of a small lake in Southern Wisconsin, it is safe to say the outdoors is something that runs in my blood. Coming to college, I frequently am asked to compare and contrast …show more content…
Hunting has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. The sport was passed down to me from my father, who also learned it from his father. For three generations, my family has been hunting ducks on the same lake I grew up on. Come the first Saturday of October, my father and I, along with our yellow lab Molly would venture to the backyard with the crisp morning air inflating our lungs. Surrounded by darkness and using a spotlight for vision, we would take a short but quiet ride in our camouflage boat. As we approached our blind, a sense of peacefulness overcame me. As the sun rises over the horizon, a blanket of thin fog appears over the water. Knowing we are the only people on the lake we were surrounded by the beauty of trees, marshes, and the open water of the lake. Similar to a poem from W.B. Yeats, called The Lake Isle Of Innisfree he states “And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow, dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings” (Yeats). In his poem, he portrays that this cabin brings him peace and the only noise comes from the animals that surround him. Like Yeat’s cabin, this is similar to my duck blind, not only does it bring me peace, but the only noises that were made are nature. Tall cattails rustle in the water as they sway back and forth with the …show more content…
As the ice gets thicker, ice fishermen, including myself trek out in search of fish. Friends and I gather on the lake still in view of my house, using ice augers we drill holes through the ice, patiently waiting for something to bite. To pass the time we set up lawn chairs around a fire, using wood we gathered from a woods nearby. While we sat along the fire listening to each other talk, the aroma of venison steaks cooking over the fire filled the air. Not only are we creating countless memories that we will cherish for the rest of our lives, but also enjoying the outdoors. As hawks fly across the sky, deer start walking across the frozen lake. A blanket of white covers the land as far as we can see. The bright evergreen trees that surround the lake, mixes with the white of the snow creating a breathtaking picture only a few that are lucky will get to experience. Being here, I can relate to an essay written by Henry David Thoreau called Walking, “I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements” (Thoreau). Thoreau is saying being out in nature gives him peace; it is a chance for his mind and body to escape the hectic world we

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