Photo Challenge, Earth: To Wonder is to Begin to Understand


“The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A few words to reflect upon  from an  American poet of the 19th century, as we celebrate the Earth this weekend in the 21st.

Photo Challenge;  Earth

au sable river, michigan

Huron National Forest, Michigan

Hartwick Pines, Michigan

Tacquahmenon State Park, Michigan



14 thoughts on “Photo Challenge, Earth: To Wonder is to Begin to Understand

    1. Tom Schultz Post author

      The ones in the middle are especially tall, even for our forested state of Michigan. They’re in a small park which preserves a wooded area that has never been cut down. So, some of the trees are close to 400 years old and 150 feet high. The place has the feeling of a temple of trees.

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      1. Tom Schultz Post author

        Although I haven’t been in a while, I liked driving across the boundary between forest and prairie in Minnesota or Manitoba, Canada. You’re driving for hours in forests and then in a short time the trees have disappeared and you’re on the wide open prairie. Beautiful transition!


    1. Tom Schultz Post author

      There’s a japanese word, shinrin-yoku. Literally, it means forest bathing. But, it expresses the calming effect on your spirit of being in such forests. I believe it to be true.

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  2. LuAnne Holder

    So glad I found your site. I live in Michigan, too, and you have sparked my interest in visiting some of the beautiful places you’ve photographed. Your sentiments are inspiring as well.

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    1. Tom Schultz Post author

      Glad you enjoy the Michigan scenes and the sentiments, too. I live near Detroit, but get around the state quite a bit in the summer. I especially like the Au Sable River area (as you can see) because of my personal history connection.

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