July 31, 1852

in Thoreau’s Journal:

There is more shadow under the edges of woods & copses now— 


The foliage appears to have increased so that the shadows are heavier & perhaps it is this that makes it cooler especially morning and evening though it may be as warm as ever at noon.

July 30, 1852

in Thoreau’s Journal:

The fore part of this month was the warmest weather we have had; the last part sloping toward autumn has reflected some of its coolness, for we are very forward to anticipate the fall.

Perhaps I may say the spring culminated with the commencement of haying—& the summer side of the year in mid July.

July 28, 1859

 in Thoreau’s Journal:
The season has now arrived when I begin to see further into the water,




––see the bottom, the weeds, and fishes more than before.

July 27, 1852

 in Thoreau’s Journal:

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It is pleasing to behold at this season contrasted shade and sunshine on the side of neighboring hills. They are not so attractive to the eye when all in the shadow of a cloud or wholly open to the sunshine. Each must enhance the other.

July 26, 1852

in Thoreau’s Journal:


The slight distraction of picking berries is favorable to a wild abstracted poetic mood.— to sequestered or transcendental thinking. I return ever more fresh to my mood from such slight interruptions.

July 23, 1852

in Thoreau’s Journal:

Now is the haying season. How active must these men be, all the country over, that they may get through their work in season! 

July 22

1851 in Thoreau’s Journal:


The season of morning fogs has arrived.


1853 in Thoreau’s Journal:

On one account at least I enjoy walking in the fields less at this season than any other—there are so many men in the fields haying now.

July 20, 1852

 in Thoreau’s Journal:


It is star light—you see the first star in the SW & know not how much earlier you might have seen it had you looked.

July 18, 1851

 in Thoreau’s Journal:


It is a test question affecting the youth of a person, ––Have you knowledge of the morning?  Do you sympathize with that season of nature?

July 15, 1854

in Thoreau’s Journal:

This cooler—still cloudy weather after the rain is very autumnal & restorative to our spirits— The robin sings—still—but the goldfinch twitters over oftener—& I hear the link link of the bobolink (one perfect strain!) and the crickets creak more as in the fall— All these sounds dispose our minds to serenity….


We seem to be passing or to have passed a dividing line between spring & autumn—& begin to descend the long slope toward winter.

July 14, 1852

in Thoreau’s Journal:

How deep or perhaps slaty sky-blue are those blueberries that grow in the shade—


It is an unexpected & thrilling discovery to find such etherial fruits in dense drooping clusters under the fresh green of oak & hickory sprouts. Those that grow in the sun—appear to be the same species only to have lost their bloom & freshness—and hence are darker.