Spring at Thoreau's Cove, 1998

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"One attraction ... was that I should have leisure and opportunity to see the Spring come in."
"As the weather grew warmer [the ice] was not sensibly worn away by the water, nor broken up and floated off as in rivers, but, though it was completely melted for half a rod in width about the shore, the middle was merely honeycombed and saturated with water, so that you could put your foot through it when six inches thick; but by the next day evening, perhaps, after a warm rain followed by fog, it would have wholly disappeared, all gone off with the fog, spirited away." - Henry. D. Thoreau, Walden, Chapter 17  (Half a rod is 8.25 feet)

Photo by Amy Belding Brown

Henry must have put his boat into the pond about this time of year; he would have wondered about the thickness of the ice. The tour moves back up to the cabin site.
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