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An illustration of the appearance, which the shores of a lake form, when seen from its surface, in a boat. The promontories, and bays, unless very large, lose all their indentations; and the whole boundary of the lake becomes a mere thread.
When you stand upon the shore, if your situation be, in any degree, elevated, the promontories appear to come forward; and all the indentations are distinct.
These two modes of viewing may be compared by turning from this print to page 55, vol.II; in which is represented a lake seen from the shore. This latter mode of viewing a lake is generally the most pleasing; unless indeed the stand be taken too high, which elevates the horizon too much.