Beneath My Feet: Writers on Walking Edited by Duncan Minshull contains
Richard Jefferies “The Inevitable End of Every Footpath”
The surface of mowing-grass is indeed made up of so many tints that at first glance it is confusing; and hence, perhaps, it is that hardly ever has an artist succeeded in getting the effect upon canvas. Of the million blades of grass no two are of the same shade.
Pluck a handful and spread them out side by side and this is at once evident. Nor is any single blade the same shade all the way up. There may be a faint yellow towards the root, a full green about the middle, at the tip perhaps the hot sun has scorched it, and there is a trace of brown. The older grass, which comes up earliest, is distinctly different in tint from that which has but just reached its greatest height, and in which the sap has not yet stood still.
From Nature Near London 1885
And so for day 2487