in Thoreau’s Journal:
Perhaps the autumnal tints are as bright & interesting now as they will be—now is the time to behold the maple swamps—one mass of red & yellow—all on fire as it were. These and the blood red huckleberries are the most conspicuous—and then in the village the warm brownish yellow elms—& there and elsewhere the dark red ashes. The green pines springing out of huckleberries on the hillsides look as if surrounded by red or vermillion paint….
I sit on Poplar Hill. It is a warm Indian summerish afternoon. The sun comes out of clouds & lights up & warms the whole scene— It is perfect autumn….It is the mellowing year. The sunshine harmonizes with the imbrowned & fiery foliage.