June 23, 1852

in Thoreau’s Journal:

The mountain laurel in bloom in cool and shady woods reminds one of the vigor of Nature. It is perhaps a forest-rate flower, considering its size and its evergreen leaves.

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The flower, curiously folded in a ten-angled, pyramidal form, is remarkable. A profusion of flowers with an innocent fragrance. It reminds me of shady mountainsides where it forms the underwood.

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