August 11, 1853

 in Thoreau’s Journal:

I see some naked vib. berries—red & some purple now-


There are berries which men do not use, like choke berries—which here in Hubbards swamp grow in great profusion & blacken the bushes. How much richer we feel for this unused abundance & superfluity. Nature would not appear so rich—the profusion so rich if we knew a use for everything—

August 10, 1858

in Thoreau’s Journal:

I see many tobacco pipes — now perhaps in their prime, if not a little late—and hear of pinesap. The Indian pipes, though coming with the fungi and suggesting no doubt a close relation to them (a sort of connection link between flowers and fungi) is a very interesting flower and will bear a close inspection when fresh.


August 7, 1853

 in Thoreau’s Journal:


The rough golden rod, solidago altissima—a day or 2. I will call that sharply serrate narrow or linear (?) lanceolate leafed smooth stemmed very tall golden rod with a large broad dense pyramidal head of panicle drooping every way—which grows under the RR bank against Ebby Hubbards land the S. Arguta for the present. It has been out say 1 week or more.

August 6, 1853

in Thoreau’s Journal:


The sun now at 9 AM has not yet burst through the mists. It has been warmer weather for a week than for at least 3 weeks before—nights when all windows were left open though not so warm as in June.

August 4, 1854

in Thoreau’s Journal:


A still cloudy day with from time to time a gentle august rain––  Rain & mist constrict our horizon & we notice near & small objects….I hear the pigeon woodpecker still — wickoff-wickoff-wickoff-wickoff… 

August 2, 1852

in Thoreau’s Journal:

At 5 1/2 this morning saw from Nawshawtuct the trees on the great meadows against & rising out of the dispersing wreathes of fog—on which the sun was shining…


It is a new era with the flowers when the small purple fringed orchis as now is found in shady swamps standing along the brooks. (It appears to be alone of its class— Not to be overlooked it has so much flower though not so high colored as the Arethusa).