Out of the Past

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To Island by boat.

The river still rises - more than ever last night, owing to the rain of the 24th (which ceased in the night of the 24th).  It is two feet higher than then.

I hear a blackbird in the air; and these, methinks, are song sparrows flitting about, with the three spots on breast.

Now it is time to look out for walnuts, last and hardest crop of the year?




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.
1853

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