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WYMAN’S MEADOW, WALDEN


Water-shields

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There is memorable and there is unforgettable.

This day has proven beyond unforgettable for the conditions that produced these images never happened again in the ten additional years I photographed around Walden Pond.

About noon, October 19, 1991 I was on the Pike looking for images when what was then forgettable Walden came up from memory.

I took the same hike as in April and came to a small pond opposite Thoreau’s Cove. It is the first image below. I took note of some glimmers in the water but decided to look around the area a bit more. Just a little further on was the site where Thoreau had built his cabin and I thought it deserved a look.

After an hour or two I remembered the glimmers.

From a distance they did not seem especially dramatic, but I planted my tripod on the edge of the pond, chose my lens and looked on the ground glass.

This one moment enompassed all of the reasons why I photographed. It seems now something like “From Glimmer to Glory.” I don’t remember the exact first view, but I do know that I recognized that what I hunted for was ther by the well trod path.

The water-shields were mixtures of green and purple and scatted in many dense to sparce packages around the whole pool with their tangled rootes shows. But what made all the difference was what was happening on the north side of the pond where small fall trees were beautifully lit by the mid-afternoon sun and reflected in the water nicely surrounding the water-shilds with various shades of orange but leaving room for reflections of the blue sky.

I like to compose with only a subtle center of interest but leave enough structure to lead the eye around. The arrangements of water-shields was perfect for dozens of images. I forgot about a meeting back at my gallery and exposed every sheet of film I had with me.

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