October 21, 1852

in Thoreau’s Journal:

This is a remarkable feature in the landscape now—the abundance of dead weeds.  The frosts have done it.  Winter comes on gradually. The red maples have lost their leaves before the rock maple which is now losing its leaves at top first.

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All the country over the frosts have come & sered the tenderer herbs along all brook sides—  How unobserved this change until it has taken place.