Keep on Your Own Track

Every path but your own is the path of fate; keep on your own track then.
–Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau was born on this date in 1817.

Getting off the beaten path in Michigan can lead to a window to a world of still waters and silent woods, where dappled light plays across the forest floor.

Pigeon River Forest, Michigan



We Mutually Pledge Our Sacred Honor…July 4th

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

In General Congress, assembled.   July 4, 1776

Tacquahmenon State Park, Michigan

When the Green, Dark Forest was Too Silent to be Real

Happy Canada Day!

Photo:  the Athabasca River in Jasper National Park, Alberta.  I had occasion to drive the Icefields Parkway along the Athabasca a few times back in the day and I can attest that it’s one of the great drives on our planet.

When the green, dark forest was too silent to be real.
—Gordon Lightfoot, Canadian Railroad Trilogy

Athabasca River, Alberta

Canadian Rockies, Alberta

Peyto Lake, Alberta

Bold Winds Speechless

But, as we often see against some storm
A silence in the heavens, the rack stand still
The bold winds speechless, and the orb below
As hush as death, anon the dreadful thunder
Doth rend the region.
—William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Summer storms in Michigan approach “anon the thunder.”