and Other Natural History Essays
Henry David Thoreau
Plate 74 Illustration by John Miller Botanical Studies (1789)
A Book of Quotations
The Journal of Henry David Thoreau: 1837-1861
Thumbing Through Thoreau
A Book of Quotations by Henry David Thoreau
Walden, or Life in the Woods
6" Display, U.S. & International Wireless
Island by boat.
I love to be reminded of that universal and eternal spring when the minute crimson-starred female flowers of the hazel are peeping forth on the hillsides - when Nature revives in all her pores. Some less obvious and commonly unobserved signs of the progress of the seasons interest me most, like the loose, dangling catkins of the hop-hornbeam or of the black or yellow birch. I can recall distinctly to my mind the image of these things, and that time in which they flourished is glorious as if it were before the fall of man. I see all nature for the time under this aspect. These features are particularly prominent; as if the first object I saw on approaching this planet in the spring was the catkins of the hop-hornbeam on the hillsides. As I sailed by, I saw the yellowish waving sprays.
See nowadays concave chocolate-colored fungi passing into dust on the edges, close on the ground in pastures.
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