A new scientific language
Linnaeus collected all his impressions, conclusions and scientific findings in his accounts of his travels, which were then published. Linnaeus had an unusually good writing style, using language that was far from commonplace in the scientific community of the day. It was earthy and rich when he described the settings and people he encountered, while maintaining scientific precision. Linnaeus writes in a simple yet descriptive way, allowing the reader to feel participatory.
Sometimes ha becomes almost poetic, as in the lines: "Night crept up, deep and dark. The tall conifers appeared as a wall, twice the height in the darkness, sheet lightning, often soundless, briefly flashing like phantom fire; horses reared and sent sparks flying with their shoes on the stones, owls hooted like ghosts and the European Nightjar trembled like a shingle mill."
Reading Linnaeus’ writings today gives us a picture of the Sweden of his time, as well as of the man Carl Linnaeus – and a of good stylist, later appreciated by August Strindberg, among others.