April 28, 1852

 in Thoreau’s Journal:

How suddenly the flowers bloom…..The spring flowers wait not to perfect their leaves before they expand their blossoms. The blossom in many cases precedes the leaf so with poetry? ––they flash out. In the most favorable locality you will find flowers earlier than the May goers will believe. This year at at least one flower (of several) hardly precedes another….

Photos, April 27, 2017

There is no important change in the color of the woods yet––  There are fewer dry leaves–buds color the maples–and perhaps the bark on some last year’s shoots as the willows are brighter & some willowcovered with catkins––& even alders maples elms & poplars show at a distance.

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The earth has now a greenish tinge….

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