May 17, 1854

in Thoreau’s Journal:

So too the green veils, or screens of the birches rapidly thickened….It is the first to clothe large tracts of deciduous woodlands with green-& perchance it marks an epoch in the season. the TRANSITION decidedly and generally from bare twigs to leaves.

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When the birches have put on their green sacks then a new season has come.— The light reflected from their tender yellowish green is like sunlight.

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