Saturday, June 6, 2015

Walden Pond

I'm starting to play around with photo editing in some of these (a new world for me)!

Walden Pond is located in Concord, Massachusetts.  It was made famous by Henry David Thoreau's Walden (A.K.A. Life in the Woods).

"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 have not lived." The transcendentalist movement intrigued me quite a bit back in my college days and Thoreau was considered a leader in this. 
Thoreau's Cabin Site

Thoreau lived in a cabin he built himself in this woods for 2 years and 2 months beginning in 1845. Visitors have built cairns at the site.

There are trails around the pond and higher up on the woods.

 The pond was glistening in the sun!

It was breezy at times causing ripples.
My walk through the woods was incredibly relaxing.

A random orchid in the woods. She came out a little fuzzy since it was breezy so I should have changed the camera setting! I brightened her coloring a little to show her off.

My attempt to capture one of my favorite sounds in the world, that of a lake or a pond hitting its shore. It was breezy so the camera picked up lots of the wind!

In part of Thoreau's conclusion, he stated "I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the directions of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

He left the woods "Perhaps it seemed to me that I had several more lives to live, and could not spare any more time for that one."

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this trip to Walden Pond. ~Val


  1. i don't think i could have left that life. it pains me to think about it. :) lovely water scenes and trees and shadows. enjoyed the water lapping, too.

  2. What an enjoyable walk throught the woods! And very fitting post as I am currently reading Thoreau's "Walden" book!!
    How lovely you got to actually see the site :) Love the lake!

  3. what a beautiful spot Val - thanks for showing us. I love the peacefulness of the woods, and that relaxing lapping of the water on the shore ... for sure a draw for me up at our cabin in the Adirondacks!

  4. Visiting Walden Pond and Thoreau's cabin site is one of the dream goals on my bucket list! I read a lot of Thoreau when I was young and his thought was very important to me when I was a teenager. Thanks for these lovely photos to whet my appetite even more!

  5. Hi Val,
    That was a beautiful trip to Walden's Pond thank you for sharing. I have always enjoyed the sound of waves lapping the shore line.

  6. The pond looks magical with the bright blue water!

  7. A walk in the lake sounds like a peaceful thing to do! Regarding your last post and recipes I recently tried quinoa I need to find recipes that my family will eat but the other day I added it it to pancakes and they didn't even noticed! lol!

  8. It looks like it was relaxing Val. Glad you enjoyed yourself and you captured some great shots. I love trails. You never know where they may lead, but you know there is always something interesting and unexpected along the way.

  9. I always wanted to go and now I REALLY want to go ~ you took beautiful photos of a gorgeous place. There is nothing like a lake or a pond. My favorite way to spend time is near water listening to that favorite sound you captured, feeling the breeze, feeling the comfort of the water on my feet or on all of me. Walden Pond looks like a perfect destination, be it for a day or a couple years. Thanks for sharing you time there, Val :-)

  10. Love all the water shots! And how fun to find an orchid blooming there!

  11. Your pictures are lovely. You should make them bigger so that we can have a good look here! Sounds like a great trail.

  12. Nice pics Val! It looks like you are getting used to your new camera. My pink camera has died on me so I'm now waiting for my new one to arrive - silver this time so no reflection problems when I'm photographing silver :D

  13. Beautiful photos!!!!
    Have a good week, dear Val!!!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  14. that place is always.
    love the pictures.

  15. Love that sound too. Wonderful place!

  16. Oh, I did enjoy my trip to Walden Pond. What a gorgeous and peaceful place. And this is why I love photography. It tells such great stories. :-)

  17. me encantan las fotos que nos enseñas

  18. Val, truly love this post!!! I love the video too!!! What an amazing place!


Thank you for stopping by! I love reading visitor comments! ~Val