Before Us

Yes, one evening in Provence, one perfect hill, one whiff of salt are enough to show us that everything still lies before us.
Albert Camus

Or it could be a Michigan woods come to life with the enchanted touch of Spring sunlight.

Kensington Park, Michigan

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Komorebi, from Japan to Michigan

Komorebi is a Japanese word, meaning the scattered, dappled light effect when sunlight shines through tree leaves. We have quite a bit of experience with this concept in Michigan.

camus invincible summer

Fleming Creek, Michigan

Our First and Last Love

In the light, the earth remains our first and our last love. Our brothers and sisters are breathing under the same sky as we; justice is a living thing. Now is born that strange joy which helps one live and die, and which we shall never again postpone to a later time.
Albert Camus, The Rebel

Huron National Forest

Pine River, Michigan
Huron National Forest

Subtle Something that Renews a Weary Spirit

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
–Robert Louis Stevenson

Today is Arbor Day and I was reminded of a summer visit to this stand of pines with the gentle music of Lake Huron’s surf in the background.

All the World Will Be in Love with Night

Come, gentle night, come, loving, black-browed night,
Give me my Romeo. And when he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.

April 23 traditionally marks William Shakespeare’s birthday, so a belated greeting in memory of the Bard.   From Romeo and Juliet, one of my favorite passages.

Newburgh Lake, Michigan