September 21, 1852

 in Thoreau’s Journal:

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….the mullein still in bloom….

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I see many tall clustered bluish asters by the brooks…

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The maples begin to be ripe. How beautiful when a whole maple on the edge of a swamp is like one great scarlet fruit—full of ripe juices— A sign of the ripening—every leaf from lowest limb to topmost spire—is a-glow….

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The flattened black berries of the cucumber root—with the triangular bases of its leaves tinged red beneath as a sort of cup for them.