October 23, 1852

in Thoreau’s Journal:

This may be called an Ind. summer day. It is quite hazy withal & the mts invisible. I see a hore-hound turned lake or steel claret color. The yel lily pads in Hubbards ditch are fresh as if recently expanded.  There are some white lily pads in river still—but very few indeed of the yel. lily. A pasture thistle on Conantum just budded but flat with the ground. The fields generally wear a russet hue. A striped snake out. The milk weed (Syriaca) now rapidly discounting.

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The lanceolate pods having opened the seeds spring out on the least jar or when dried by the sun—& form a little fluctuating white silky mass or tuft each held by the extremities of the fine threads, until a stronger puff of wind sets them free. It is a pleasant sight to see it dispersing its seeds…