Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Many Happy Returns

July 12, 2011
Moreau Lake State Park

Today, the twelfth of July, is the birth-day
of Henry David Thoreau.

Many Happy Returns of the Day to you sir!


When we walk we naturally go
to the fields and woods;

what would become of us
if we walked only in a garden
or a mall?

Even some sects of philosophers
have felt the necessity
of importing the woods to themselves
since they did not go to the woods,

"They planted groves and walks of Platans"
where they took subdiales ambulationes
in porticoes open to the air.

Of course, it is of no use
to direct our steps to the woods,

if they do not carry us thither.

I am alarmed when it happens
that I have walked a mile into the woods bodily,

without getting there in spirit.

 In my afternoon walk I would fain forget
all my morning occupations,

and my obligations to society.

But it sometimes happens that I cannot easily
shake off the village.

The thought of some work will run in my head,

 and I am not where my body is;

I am out of my senses.

In my walks I would fain return to my senses.

What business have I in the woods,
if I am thinking of something out of the woods?
    HDT, Walking 


  1. Wonderful!

    greetings from Sweden which has some nice forests too

  2. Oh I forgot, what is the yelloe flower pictured after the telephone?


  3. How true! And what exquisite photographs. That little beetle enameled with red and ivory and black is just too beautiful for words.

  4. thank you all for visiting -
    Asa, how did you find me? glad you enjoy the photos.
    The yellow flowers are St. John's Wort, which blooms around midsummer's day here. It is also a healing herb traditionally used for depression and back pain. Just seeing it cheers me up!

  5. Enjoyed my walk through here today. I feel better now.