October 5, 1857

 in Thoreau’s Journal:

There is not now that profusion, and consequent confusion, of events which belongs to a summer walk.

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There are few flowers, birds, insects, or fruits now, and hence what does occur affects us as more simple and significant, as the cawing of a crow or the scream of a jay. The latter seems to scream more fitly and with more freedom through the vacancies occasioned by fallen maple leaves.