The water’s “natural and agreeable boundary” (Walden 131)

Walden Pond in November. Wikimedia Commons

Walden Pond in November. Wikimedia Commons

“The forest has never so good a setting, nor is so distinctly beautiful, as when seen from the middle of a small lake amid hills which rise from the water’s edge; for the water in which it is reflected not only makes the best foreground in such a case, but, with its winding shore, the most natural and agreeable boundary to it.”

— Henry David Thoreau, from “The Ponds,” Walden

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