Time-traveler Sophia, Princess Palatine, left her home in 17th century Netherlands to visit one of my favorite parks in 21st century suburban Detroit as part of the Institute of Arts’ novel advertising campaign. She seems to be enjoying the floral bloom of spring.
You must know that there is nothing higher, or stronger, or sounder, or more useful afterwards in life, than some good memory, especially a memory from childhood.”
The northern Michigan woods speak to me across the years of boyhood vacations with my grandparents, and the warmth and affection they gave me as their special gifts. A lake appearing from behind the veil of pines can touch those mystic chords and the memories return like a long lost friend.
Hartwick Pines, Michigan
Autumn is a second Spring, when every leaf is a flower.
And so it has been the last few years in Michigan, when the abundant colors were mirrored in the myriad of lakes and streams–generously having given me material for Photo Challenges past.
Photo Challenge: Favorites
Newburgh Lake, Michigan
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
In the Great Lakes state, there is an abundance of liquid attractions. But, even Lake Superior, which could easily pass for a freshwater inland sea, has its humble beginnings in laughing springs and rippling brooks. A few of Michigan’s modest tributaries for your viewing enjoyment.
Photo Challenge: Liquid
Iargo Springs, Michigan
Pine River, Michigan
Painterville Creek, Michigan
Three unlikely sights along a Michigan woodland trail.
A pugnacious squirrel. I think he is saying: Is that all you got?
Photo Challenge: Unlikely
A rattlesnake: rare in Michigan. I have never seen one until stumbling across this (fortunately) lethargic reptile.
And this Leaning Tower of Pine, dipping in salute to the meandering Sturgeon River
Sturgeon River, Michigan