July 14, 1852

in Thoreau’s Journal:

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

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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.