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
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
Canadian Rockies, Alberta
Peyto Lake, Alberta
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.”