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 loosing its leaves at top first. 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.
1857 in Thoreau’s Journal:
Now again as in the spring we begin to look for sheltered and sunny places where we may sit.