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Walden Pond

  • Posted Oct. 12, 2008 by Lynda Viewed 1688 times

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The universe has seen fit to give New England some spectacular autumn weather??a warm blazing sun and a belief that we held the cold at bay. Walden Pond was teeming with dialects, languages, walkers, swimmers ??and those who came to see where Thoreau lived when these woods offered solitude.

On a cold winter day you can still catch a glimpse of the quiet.

In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to society.
??Henry David Thoreau

October is the month of painted leaves.

walking around the pond—

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.”

Henry David Thoreau

a small pond off the larger pond—

A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature.
It is Earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures
the depth of his own nature.

from the chapter “The Ponds” in Walden

a wonderful place to read—

How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.

—Henry David Thoreau,

or go fishing—

Some circumstantial evidence is very strong,
as when you find a trout in the milk.

or kayaking—

“Simplify, simplify.”

Henry David Thoreau

or to simply visit—

“Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.”

Henry David Thoreau

building with rocks is in the blood—

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

— Henry David Thoreau

To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.
—Henry David Thoreau

Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.

— Henry David Thoreau

What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?
—Henry David Thoreau

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
—Henry David Thoreau

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
—Henry David Thoreau

for some people the weather dictated swimming—

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.
—Henry David Thoreau

for others—eating

The universe is wider than our views of it.
—Henry David Thoreau

Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you,
opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.


This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
—Henry David Thoreau

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    • # Liz

      Wow, wonderful post! Great shots, love the autumn reflections in the water - fabulous!!

      2008.10.21 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Sherij

      Stunning shots! great quotes and what an awesome autumn day. The pond and it's reflections are simply amazing.

      2008.10.13 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Oldbabe

      Oh, words escape me - But that is one beautiful place!! And I can't believe the water is so clear.

      2008.10.13 Edited Reply Cancel