Viewfinder Scenes from Walden Pond ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page “This is a delicious evening, when the whole body is one sense, and imbibes delight through every pore.” — Henry David Thoreau, “Walden” Michele McDonald for the boston globe At the end of a September day, Molly Baskette of Arlington holds her daughter, Carmen, 8, in the lilac water of Walden Pond in Concord. After finishing chemotherapy in 2011, one of Baskette’s goals was to do an open-water swim at Walden. Almost four years later, Baskette, cancer-free, often swims at her favorite place in the world. Carmen (her mother calls her “a fish”) is always up for coming along. Baskette is pastor at First Church Somerville UCC. Michele McDonald for the boston globe Twelve-year old twins Ilyass Reed, left, and Adam Reed live in Medford and come to Walden once or twice a week with their family. Michele McDonald for the boston globe Erzsebet Bognar, Lexington, comes every day she can to her “secret” cove on Walden Pond with her daughter Lili Batho, 24. Lili, who is blind, loves to swim with her mother. Michele McDonald for the boston globe Swim buddies Ruth Tannert, Roslindale, left, and Beth Cockerham, Melrose, work together at MathWorks in Natick and swim together at Walden Pond. Michele McDonald for the boston globe Sasha Oxnard, Arlington, with her three-month old son Tristan at Walden Pond. Sasha came to the pond daily for the last two weeks of her pregnancy, and she and her husband first brought Tristan to Walden when he was only three days old. This is her first time coming alone with him. Michele McDonald for the boston globe Ten years ago, George Smith, Sudbury, would come to run at Walden and see swimmers in wetsuits. Inspired, he joined them. He is a triathlon athlete who regularly swims Walden.