January 25, 1852

in Thoreau’s Journal:

It is glorious to be abroad this afternoon, the snow melts on the surface; the warmth of the sun reminds me of summer….Ah then, the brook beyond, its rippling waters and its sunny sands. They made me forget it was winter….

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The sun reflected from the sandy, gravelly bottom, sometimes a bright sunny streak no bigger than your finger reflected from a ripple as from a prism, and the sunlight reflected from a hundred points of the surface of the rippling brook, enabled me to realize summer…

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