Walden Pond

Turns out Thoreau was pretty short. And his “contemplative” pose, at least according to the sculptor, was kind of silly.

“Danger! Unguarded Waterfront” – a completely necessary sign, wouldn’t you agree? Much like the sign at another famously dangerous body of water, Lake Michigan (which, to be fair, occasionally has waves higher than ankle-height).

We walked all the way around the pond. Beautiful.

Let sleeping ducks lie…but it’s OK to photograph them with a zoom lens.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life. And see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” And also he didn’t want to pay taxes.

A red-breasted robin sitting still for a moment on a branch. Very obliging of him.

All morning it went back and forth from sunny to cloudy. The rain held off till we left, though. Good timing, for once!

This shot was less than sixty seconds after the previous one.

The water was so clear!

We couldn’t resist swimming. It was warmer than I expected, for May…still pretty cold though.

Playing around the train tracks, always good fun.

Mae has a keen eye for ladyslippers.

Wrapped up the adventure with a visit to The Cheese Shop in Concord. (Monty Python’s Cheese Shop sketch on YouTube here.)

What I’ve been reading: The Last Tycoon, F. Scott Fitzgerald
What I’ve been listening to: mixes for and from friends

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