Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Happy 200th

Happy 200th birthday to Henry David Thoreau, a native of Concord Massachusetts and a man ahead of his time. I wish more people shared his appreciation for the environment and simplicity. Thoreau was an environmentalist, abolitionist, essayist, poet and philosopher. Since reading Walden in high school, I have been an ardent fan of Thoreau's works and ideals. A quick  search of his name will lead you to some of his more famous quotes. One of my personal favorites is; "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined."  As I am on a mission to declutter and organize my craft closet, I will include this..."Simplify, simplify."  And in a nod to nature and my local walking vista, my haiku,

Breakheart Reservation

Nestled just ahead
 trees tower, sun dappled paths
Our welcome respite



An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
-Henry David Thoreau

Happy walking in nature.





14 comments:

  1. What a wonderful tribute to Thoreau. I'm sure he would be please that you remembered him. I LOVE your nature inspired photos and your early morning walk.

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth! I always feel so grateful to be so close to the city and still have this beautiful area, shaded area to walk in. I am so happy with my phone, as it affords me the opportunity to take photos of places I love. Wishing you a day with photos in it!

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  2. Looks like a beautiful spot to walk and your Haiku describes it perfectly.

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  3. Thank you CJ. I love it there, especially on a hot sunny day. It is so shaded, that it is enjoyable to walk there even in oppressive heat. They must have sprayed for hugs there, don't even need repellent. Wishing you a happy day.

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    1. *meant bugs....but sometimes, you do have to watch out for overly enthusiastic huggers. ;)

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  4. What a beautiful haiku! One of my favorite memories of my daughter's brief (1 year) stay at BU was a fall trip to Walden Ponds with both kids. There's a fabulous photo of the two of them from that trip that I keep in my studio. Walden was a favorite of my daughter's; she has a deluxe edition which she treasures.

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    1. Thank you Karen. Glad that you have the photo to relive the memory. There is a great piece in National Geographic about Thoreau and Walden. Photos by Tim Laman. I think you and your daughter would love it. Have a happy weekend.

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  5. Such wonderful quotes and aspirations of how to live life 😀. And I do whole heartedly believe that you can reach your dreams and live the life you imagined ... thanks for sharing his philosophy! You walk looks so beautiful. Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊

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  6. Thank you Jo. Thoreau is definitely a hero of mine. It is hard to believe that he was only 44 when he died. His legacy is incredible. I love to walk there; I am so lucky to live so close to the city and nature too! Have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

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  7. One of these days I will make it to Walden Pond. I have no excuse, especially now after I see your photos. It looks quite peaceful. Thanks for sharing. :) Hugs-Erika

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  8. We will have to coordinate our visits. :) have a great weekend with your daughter's visit.

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  9. Thoreau was indeed a visionary. Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos. Valerie

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    1. Thank you. I am glad you enjoyed the photos. It is a wonderful place to walk, lots of bird sounds and butterflies this weekend.

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  10. Such an inviting and peaceful haiku, photo and tribute to Thoreau. I am so glad you shared; I try to write a haiku every morning but I don't have any tall stately trees nearby...14 blocks away. As soon as it gets cooler, I'll go visit!
    Cheers~

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