"smudgy bush"

mesterhm

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This is from a short story by the Canadian writer, Alice Munro. "Heirs of the Living Body", in Lives of Girls and Women.

"That picture seemed to have been in another country, where everything was much lower, muddier, darker than here. Smudgy bush, with a great many black pointed evergreens, came up close around the building, and the road in the foreground was made of logs".
It is seen in an old picture, late 19th c., Fairmile Township, if that helps.

In what sense is it smudgy? Obscure or patterned with the different colours of the pines?
Thanks.
 
  • mesterhm

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    Thanks, bibliolept. I got the "thicket" sense, although these familiar words are the most dangerous types, "bush" meaning completely different things in Britain, Australia, Canada etc.
     
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