Pilgrim at Walden Pond

I weathered some merry snow-storms, and spent some cheerful winter evenings by my fireside, while the snow whirled wildly without, and even the hooting of the owl was hushed… For human society I was obliged to conjure up the former occupants of these woods.

Henry David Thoreau,

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Snowpilgrim at Walden Pond in the waning light.

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Henry David Thoreau contemplating snow in front of his cabin at Walden Pond.

Did Henry David Thoreau also conjure up a snowman for company at Walden Pond when in a whimsical mood one day?

Perhaps, perhaps not, but someone did.

My intention that New Year’s Eve was a solitary sojourn at Walden Pond. (I have posted about it before, here and here, in case you’ve missed those earlier mentions.)

It was sublime that day, wandering the pond’s shoreline in solitude, totally alone except for the lone snow pilgrim that had settled on the snow-covered beach. And of course the statue of Henry David in front of his cabin.

This week Michelle W. has asked us to show “one.” The solitary snowman on the shore at Walden that day was striking. It had melted somewhat and seemed to have taken on a more sentient posture, perhaps as though in meditation. Or maybe I’m mistaken and it never was stacked like a classical snowman at all, perhaps it always was in this pose, gazing out over the waters, thinking mysterious things?


Thanks to Michelle W and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge: One prompt.

Thanks to Ailsa for her Weekly Travel Theme: Still prompt. (The snowpilgrim sat perfectly still like that for hours. I believe she was meditating. What better place to be that day than Walden Pond!)


A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

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Walden Pond, Snowpilgrim, snowman

Posted on December 20, 2013, in Art, Nature Photography, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Weekly Travel Themes, Wildlife Photography and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. is that a beautiful place? I visited walden for the first time a few years ago while one business trip to boston. On top of the shear beauty of the place, I was struck how close it was to Boston and how close it was to the interstate. It is a real miracle that they have been able to preserve the pond and grounds. Thanks for sharing your photos

    • Thanks for your thoughtful comment, Rob. I agree with you, it is so close to Boston and the highways, it’s truly a wonder that is has been preserved so well, no land grab at the pond, thank goodness!

  2. susan mae detera

    I remember when I celebrated Christmas at a cemetery on top of a hill overlooking a lake….it was the best time of my life…..

  3. I love that water colouring in the first picture.

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