Autumn alights with bright-tinted shrubs.  And yes, you need to be on the alert to perceive their full beauty.

‘A passer-by might, perhaps would, have noticed that the bright-tinted shrubs about the high shore on the sunny side were reflected in the water; but, unless on the alert for such effects, he would have failed to perceive the full beauty of the phenomenon.’   7 Oct 1857

Source: Henry David Thoreau, The Journal 1837-1861, Damion Searls (ed.), preface by John R. Stilgoe (New York: New York Review Books, 2009), p. 459

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