…Dryer than ever. Though the sky is clear and cloudless, a blue mist has been drifting through the valley,
–Thomas Merton (1915-1968) Journals, October 22, 1963
…The exquisite, and decided tints of the autumn foliage, and wild flowers, at the time of their continuance, greatly add to the beauty of the grand, lovely scenery, through which I have passed, especially in the Allegheny Mountains, in the state of Vermont, where I saw them in their well-known and striking magnificence. The tints are so decidedly marked, and there is not a leaf on the tree but is as brilliant as if it was varnished, which greatly enhances the effect. The best time to visit America is from August to November, as this is called the “Indian Summer,” and there is then splendid weather. The country looks most lovely.
–William Bliss, 23 October, 1872, from Glimpses of American Life and Scenery: Sketched in Letters and Diary of a Tour in the United States and Canada, During the Summer and Autumn of 1872
Dead dry weather! The leaves tinkle like flakes of copper when the breeze passes over them. Haze.
–Thomas Merton (1915-1968), Journals, October 23, 1963