August 23, 1852

in Thoreau’s Journal:

Now that birds & flowers fall off, fruits take their places and young birds in flocks–  What a list of bright colored—sometimes venomous looking berries spot the swamps & copses amid changing leaves!  For colors they will surpass the flowers methinks—  There is something rare—precious—& gem like about them.

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Now is their time & I must attend to them— Some like grapes we gather & eat but the fairest are not edible.