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Appreciating Thoreau on the sesquicentennial of ‘The Maine Woods’

Wherever we go in New England, we usually find Henry David Thoreau (1817-62) got there first — and had something pithy to say. He might have scoffed, but we think of him as the region’s preeminent and perhaps prototypical travel writer, a curious wanderer with a keen eye for observation and a penchant for putting those thoughts to paper.

Scot Miller might agree. The Texas-based nature photographer has been fascinated by Thoreau since he spent five years taking photos in and around Walden Pond for the 2004 anniversary edition of “Walden; or, Life in the Woods.” Thoreau’s reflections on two years in a bosky cabin made him famous for staying put. He proved adept at seeing a world in a grain of sand, as William Blake put it, but we’d argue that Thoreau makes better company when he gets out of the house. A century and a half later, he still has a lot to teach about the art of fruitful travel.

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