Some of his best descriptive writing in this, his paean to the ponds. I wonder what he would think of Walden Pond today. He says elsewhere that he expects that villas will line the shores one day. That didn't happen, though I think in the 80s there was a development proposed next to it that was protested and defeated. But the pond is today a state reservation devoted to swimming, with a beach and concession stand on one end, a trail all around the pond, and swimming permitted everywhere. The woods have regenerated. Thoreau never shows any resentment of people coming out to use the pond, except maybe for the ice cutters, so perhaps he would think that the state park was about as good a fate for the pond as he could expect. Extensive work has been done on the steep banks to control erosion. To me, the water still looks very clear. The pond still seems to be lacking in fish, as Thoreau remarked. The biggest difference is that the pond does not feel isolated due the state park and the nearby major road.