Stunning photos match Thoreau’s words in this book

While the words of Henry David Thoreau are thoughtful, it’s the stunning photos of Dan Tobyne that will keep you glued to this book.

Thoreau’s Cape Cod, published by Down East Books, puts you right there in some of the most beautiful ocean frontage in the world. Thoreau’s quotes accompany each photo, from Thoreau’s four walking tours of Cape Cod.

Thoreau’s book about those hikes is one of his best, and includes jokes and tall tales. Dan Tobyne did a superb job of matching just the right photos with Thoreau’s words.

Our son Josh and his wife Kelly, along with our two granddaughters, live in Massachusetts not too far from Cape Cod, so we took a ride over there one time. But I have to confess we didn’t find those isolated and beautiful beaches featured in this book. We did enjoy a great lunch there though! But the traffic, and all the houses and businesses, were too much for me.

Now, thanks to Dan Tobyne’s beautiful photos, I’m going to have to return and find those beaches. Thank you Dan!

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.