My husband and I have a standing date. From 3:00-5:30ish pm on Sunday afternoons, when the weather cooperates, we stop whatever we are working on and go for a walk or short hike. This past Sunday wasn’t your typical April Sunday. Just a few puffy clouds drifted across the brilliant cerulean blue sky, and it was in the 70s. After a week that brought rain daily — several days a deluge — it was a welcome change. Rather than a walk in the woods, which might be quite muddy after the wet week past, we opted for a stroll around Walden Pond’s “Pond Path,” which is the sandy beach at the water’s edge. If you’ve not visited, Walden Pond is a truly magical place. It holds a special place in my heart, as you can tell by my photos featured on the “header” of this blog. I am truly grateful is just a brief 15-minute drive from my home in Massachusetts.
The unusually high temperature for an April day brought out many walkers, fishing enthusiasts, and even a few bikini-glad sunbathers and swimmers. What would Henry David Thoreau have thought of that?
I love the way the sunlight glimmered on the water like a stream of shooting stars across the sky. (Click here to see and hear the water lapping the shore and see the “sunlight stars” sparkling.)
What a lovely view of the pond Henry had from his cabin, yet he was tucked safely away amongst the majestic pines. How peaceful and serene his time in the woods must have been. His “experiment” was a truly productive time for him, but I’m not sure if I would have been able to focus. Being surrounded by such natural beauty day in and day out would distract me…I think. And despite his reputation for being a hermit of sorts during this time, he hosted many visitors and walked back into Concord often. It’s a wonder he got any work done.
Come visit me on Poetry Friday, as I’m working on an “experiment” of my own — a tanka (extended haiku) inspired by the water’s edge. Until then, peace.
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