Beauty’s Intoxicating Feeling

The enjoyment of beauty has a peculiar, mildly intoxicating quality of feeling. Beauty has no obvious use; nor is there any clear cultural necessity for it. Yet civilization could not do without it.

–Sigmund Freud

So, as winter sets in and the trees rest in their dormant shade of gray,  memories of summers past and summers to come beguile the time.

Kensington Park, Michigan


Photo Challenge: “Awf’y” Cheeky Critter

My Scottish grandmother  sprinkled her conversation with the word cheeky, often modified by “awf’y.”  She would have liked this guy.  I ran into this cheeky critter along the trail last summer.  Needless to say, I gave him a wide berth and captured his “fighting stance” with my telephoto lens.

Photo Challenge:  Cheeky 


Photo Challenge, Serene: Seeing into the Life of Things

While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.
–William Wordsworth

What a treasure to have such a serene place only a short distance away.

Photo Challenge:  Serene 

camus invincible summer

Fleming Creek, Michigan

WPC: A Serenity More Profound and Emotions without Words

Forthwith a change came over the waters, and the serenity became less brilliant but more profound.
—-Joseph Conrad

The Au Sable River in northern Michigan always brings to mind memories of boyhood vacations, now viewed from the serenity of distance, but on a summer’s day still calling up emotions without words.

Photo Challenge:  Serene 

au sable river, michigan

Au Sable River, Michigan