Simplicity of Light

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October 12, 164 years ago today:

October 12, 1852

I am struck by the simplicity of light in the atmosphere in the autumn, as if the earth absorbed none, and out of this profusion of dazzling light came the autumnal tints.

–Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), Journal, October 12, 1852

But in October what a  feast to the eye our woods and groves present! The whole body of the air seems enriched by their calm, slow radiance. They are giving back the light they have been absorbing from the sun all summer.

— John Burroughs (1837-1921), “Falling Leaves,” Under the Maples, 1904

Catch a vista of maples in that long light and you see Autumn glowing through the leaves…. The promise of gold and crimson is there among the branches, though as yet it is achieved on only a stray branch, an impatient limb or an occasional small tree which has not yet learned to time its changes.

— Hal Borland (1900-1978)


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