The fort could indeed hold out against standard siege tactics; forage and provisions had been coming in from the surrounding countryside in abundance, and Ticonderoga still had some artillery defenses and the small wooden fort on Mount Independence, as well as a substantial garrison decently supplied with muskets and powder. It could not hold out against major artillery placed on Mount Defiance, though. Jamie had been up there, and told me that the entire interior of the fort was visible— and thus subject to enfiladement at the enemy’s discretion.
(From An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 50 ("Exodus"), p. 474. Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
The Great Dismal Swamp
He was standing in a peat bog; there was spongy vegetation under his feet, but the water rose up over the tops of his boots. He wasn’t sinking, but he couldn’t pull the boots out with his feet still in them and was obliged to draw his feet out one at a time, then wrench the boots free and squelch toward higher ground in his stockings, boots in his hands.
(From An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 36 ("The Great Dismal"), p. 373. Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
Great Dismal Swamp - Lake Drummond
The smooth surface of the water reflected the trees standing in it so perfectly that he could not be sure quite where he himself was, balanced precariously between two looking- glass worlds. He kept losing his sense of up and down, the dizzying sight through the branches of the towering cypress above the same as that below. The trees loomed more than eighty feet over him, and the sight of drifting clouds seeming to sail straight through the gently stirring branches below gave him the constant queer sense that he was about to fall—-up or down, he couldn’t tell. (Chapter 37, p. 379)
(From An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 37 ("Purgatory"), p. 379. Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
Did you see the aurora borealis when you were here, or was it too early in the Year? It is a most remarkable Sight. Snow has fallen all Day, but ceased near Sunset and the Sky has cleared. From my Window, I see a northern Exposure, and there is presently an amazing shimmer that fills the whole Sky, waves of pale blue and some green— though I have seen it to be red sometimes— that swirl like Drops of Ink spilt in Water and stirred.This site, from which the above picture was taken, has lots of amazing aurora pictures from Quebec. Check it out!
(From An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 24 ("Joyeux Noel"), p. 252. Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
Pitlochry Dam and Fish Ladder, Scotland
Brianna paused by the fish-viewing chamber. It wasn’t yet the breeding season, when—she’d been told—the great salmon swarmed through the chutes of the fish ladder that allowed them to climb the dam at Pitlochry, but now and then a silvery flash shot into view with heart- stopping suddenness, fighting strongly against the current for a moment before shooting up into the tube that led to the next stage of the ladder. The chamber itself was a small white housing let into the side of the fish ladder, with an algae-clouded window. She’d paused there to gather her thoughts—or, rather, to suppress some of them—before going in to the dam.
(From An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 46 ("Ley Lines"), p. 451. Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
The Old High Church, Inverness, Scotland
"Anyway, I’d sat down outside the High Street Church, for I knew that place, at least, and thought I’d go and ask the minister for a bite of bread when I’d got myself a bit more in hand. I was that wee bit rattled, ken,” he said, leaning confidentially toward Brianna.The congregation of St. Stephen's, where Roger got a job as choirmaster, is the "sister church" of the 18th century kirk pictured above.
(From An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 72 ("The Feast of All Saints"), p. 625. Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
Want to see more?
If you like these, please check out my previous blog entries:
Historical Figures Mentioned in ECHO
OUTLANDER Links, Part VII: Gemstones
OUTLANDER Links, Part VI: Wildlife
OUTLANDER Links, Part V: Castles and Palaces
OUTLANDER Links, Part IV: Native Americans
OUTLANDER Links, Part III: All Things Scottish
OUTLANDER Links, Part II: Colonial North Carolina
OUTLANDER Links, Part I: Culloden
What Do These Things Look Like?
Finally, I just found out that Jari Backman's Google Earth OUTLANDER page has been updated to include places mentioned in ECHO. Thanks Jari! (If you have Google Earth installed, this is definitely worth seeing.)