Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Bats at Twilight, 1963; watercolor on paper, 38 x 48 inches; Image from the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives
Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, August 6, 1920
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
As I strode along I marked how weird trees looked - black in the dim twilight. Often as I listened to the grasshoppers I imagined that the cricket chorus had ceased and then as I listened separately for it,back it came again to my ears, as tho it were just commencing. Going down Union Street I perceived three bats circling up and down over the road. Their silent,floppy and supremely uncanny flight agrees well with night. No wonder superstition has always associated them with witchery.
Charles E. Burchfield, August 6, 1913