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lizziebelle: (sherlock)
January 1st, for me, is simply the day I put up a new calendar. It's rather arbitrary, with other days making more sense to me (solstice, for one). But I decided it was a good day to pay a visit to Walden again, as it was relatively warm and sunny.

As was the case last time I went, a lot of others had the same idea. Parking was free today, and the visitor center was open (yay, bathrooms). I wandered down to the pond after saying hello to Henry and the replica of his cabin.

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Most people were walking on the beach, and there was a bunch of college-age kids who started stripping off their clothes and heading toward the water.

Yep, they went into the water... )

I'll have to pick a non-holiday, non-weekend day to go back sometime.
lizziebelle: (moon)
Railroad tracks by Walden Pond

I was contacted on Flickr by someone from the Thoreau Society asking permission to use this photo, which was taken near the site of Thoreau's cabin at Walden. Since they asked nicely, and I fully approve of their work, I said yes. It will likely appear in their journal sometime next year, and possibly on some of their social media sites as well. I asked for credit (of course) and links to my social media.

So you never know what will come of a walk in the woods. :)

Walden

Nov. 1st, 2015 09:46 pm
lizziebelle: (Blue Butterfly)
I did make it to Walden Pond today, and I'm really glad I finally went. It's a lovely place.

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I was surprised by how many people were there; I expected it to be fairly quiet today. I guess it's a popular place, even on a cloudy November day. I walked all the way around the pond, and took one of the side paths through the woods and up a rather steep hill topped with large boulders covered in lichens.

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Walden )

Still, even with all the tourists, it was a nice place to go to contemplate the end of the season, and bid the land good-night for the winter.

catchup

Oct. 28th, 2015 09:47 pm
lizziebelle: (crow)
I've been a bad LJer. I keep meaning to post, and even started to once or twice, but just never got around to actually posting. So, as Inigo Montoya said, it is too much. Let me sum up.

I went to see Hamlet at the movie theatre. The London production, starring my current favorite actor. You know the one. It was fabulous. I don't particularly love Hamlet, but it is the one I know best, and everyone in it was excellent. I even loved the set and costumes.

Last Friday night, I went to Northampton with a friend to meet another friend and see Loreena McKennitt in concert. Loreena was wonderful, as always. This time, it was just her and two other musicians. They played all older, traditional stuff. It was much more intimate than the other two times I've seen her, and I'm really glad I went to that show instead of in Boston; the theatre was small, we had good seats, and I could actually see the expressions on their faces.

On Sunday, I went to Mount Auburn Cemetery for this month's Urban Nature Walk, hosted as always by [livejournal.com profile] urbpan. I've never been there in the autumn before, and it was as beautiful as I expected.

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We came across a large group of turkeys, which mostly ignored us. Here are some of them, with [livejournal.com profile] urbpan in the background.

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It was a fun expedition, even though it was cloudy and ended with a bit of rain.

Hard to believe that this weekend is Samhain/Halloween already. I haven't decided yet what I want to do to observe it. I suspect I will be walking in the woods somewhere on Sunday; perhaps at Walden Pond. Yes, that Walden, and I'm embarrassed to say I've never been there. I think it's time.

Sunday is also the start of NaNoWriMo, and I'm going to do it again this year. I need to get back into the habit of writing every day, and I plan to go to a few write-ins to get into the spirit. I'm even hosting a couple, at the Hudson library. Whee!

Winter is coming faster than I'd like. We've had a couple of hard frosts, and everything except the violas has bit the dust. I actually had another crop of the violas spring up from the dried remains at the end of the summer, and their cheery faces greet me each morning when I leave for work. Hardy little things, they are.

So that's the Cliff's Notes version. If you want to see more of my pix, head over to my Flickr page.

What are your plans for this weekend and beyond?

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