Category Archives: Photos

Photo Challenge: Odysseys, to Seek a Newer World

The first of all wanderers, the “man of many ways,” who gave his name to odysseys, came to life in Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poetry:

Come my friends,
‘T is not too late to seek a newer world.
For my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars.
Ulysses

Photo Challenge:  Wanderlust 

 

ulysses to seek a newer world tennyson

newburgh lake, michigan

Photo Challenge, Wanderlust: That Subtle Something to Renew a Weary Spirit

On a Michigan summer’s day, wanderlust can lead you to varied tracks and traces in the seemingly endless woods.

Photo Challenge:  Wanderlust

Pigeon River Forest, Michigan

…meandering in the pine forests of the North or the hardwood stands of the Southern part of the state.

Matthaei Woods, Michigan

 

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

the road less traveled by

Kensington Park, Michigan

Photo Challenge: Meeting a Few of Earth’s Newest Residents

This weekend, I met several of Earth’s newest residents–perhaps explorers is a better word.  Mom had the kids out for a sunny sojourn.  They looked to be recently hatched and were still nattily attired in fuzz, not feathers. My pics came out a little blurry since the ducklings were moving so quickly.  Being hungry will do do that to a youngster.

Photo Challenge:  Earth 

 

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

 

Photo Challenge, Earth: Nature’s Kindred Touch

Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. Every hillside, every valley, every clearing and wood, is holy in the memory and experience of my people. Even those unspeaking stones along the shore are loud with event and memories in the life of my people.  Our bare feet know the kindred touch. The earth is rich with the lives of our kin.

Chief Seattle, 1854

Photo Challenge:  Earth  

 

Au Sable River, Michigan

Photo Challenge: A Deer’s Curiosity Eclipses Her Surprise

Surprised?  Yes, she was…but also curious.  So, the photographer had enough time to get over his own surprise and snap the shutter.

Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.”
—Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Photo Challenge:  Surprise 

matthaei gardens ann arbor michigan

Kensington Park, Michigan