November 22, 1851

 in Thoreau’s Journal:

As I returned through Hosmers field—the sun was setting just beneath a black cloud by which it had been obscured—and as it had been a raw & windy afternoon, its light which fell suddenly on some white pines between me & it lighting them up like a shimmering fire—and also on the oak leaves & chestnut stems was quite a circumstance.

It was from the contrast between the dark and comfortless afternoon and this bright & cheerful light almost fire….After a cold grey day this cheering light almost warms us by its resemblance to fire.