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Beauty, Unexpected

Sometimes the most beautiful thing is precisely the one that comes unexpectedly and unearned.”

Anna Freud

Fleming Creek, Michigan


Somewhere I Read of the Freedom of Speech

In bygone times, when you came across a political commentator  you found annoying, the solution was to change the channel. Now, an online mob forms with the fervent intention of silencing the offending voice. To the cyber barricades!   Hashtag campaigns, public shaming, boycott the advertisers! And ironically the mobs are often composed of those who label their opponents “authoritarian.” Ah, but the Constitution’s  45 word First Amendment and its resilient spirit of free speech  has proven to be  the most reliable bulwark against real authoritarians.

Photo Challenge: Peace Comes Dropping Slow

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.
–William B. Yeats, Lake Isle of Innisfree


Photo Challenge:  Rise/Set   

newburgh lake, michigan

Newburgh Lake, Michigan

Spring Arrives: Who is the Real Magician?

“I knew, of course, that trees and plants had roots, stems, bark, branches
and foliage that reached up toward the light. But I was coming to realize
that the real magician was light itself“.
…Edward Steichen…

In Michigan, we are welcoming the return of Spring and anticipating the interplay of light and trees, when the greenery will return to filter the sunlight to gossamer.

the road less traveled by

Kensington Park, Michigan

Photo Challenge: Frozen in Time, Bronze among the Pines

Among the pines on a high bluff overlooking the Au Sable River, three loggers forever look ahead to the next timber harvest.  Theirs is the story of Michigan’s early working class; in the late 1800s, Michigan’s vast  forests supplied the lumber to build the industrializing American Midwest.  The Forest Service has told the lumberman’s story on various plaques, where  I learned that the logger’s job was so hazardous and physically wearing that by age 35 their days cutting timber were over.  On the slopes below the statue, the forests have rejuvenated, yet sunken logs still clog the coves.

Photo Challenge:  Story  

Lumberman’s Monument, Michigan

au sable river, michigan

Huron National Forest, Michigan

river runs through it