October 12, 1852

in Thoreau’s Journal:

What an ample share of the light of heaven each pond & lake on the surface of the globe enjoys—  No woods are so dark & deep but it is light above the pond.  Its window or skylight is as broad as its surface.  It lies out patent to the sky.

From the mt top you may not be able to see out because of the woods—but on the lake you are bathed in light.