A Marvelous Renewal

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous

~ Aristotle

The view last weekend from the high banks of the Au Sable River in northern Michigan.  100 years ago or more, rugged loggers rolled cut trees down the sandy “Rollways” to the river, which took them to sawmills on Lake Huron.   Such  work was fraught with danger and it wore men out by their mid-30s.  The lumber built the burgeoning towns of the American Midwest, but vast areas of Michigan were denuded.  During the 1930s Depression, a nearby plaque explains,  400 million trees were planted to reforest northern Michigan, by out-of-work young men  who joined the federal “Civilian Conservation Corps.”   Theirs was a dual renewal–that of the forest and of the young men’s hopes for the future.

Au Sable River, Michigan and the “Rollways”

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Subtle Something that Renews the Spirit

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

just inland from Lake Huron

Huron National Forest, Michigan

As a Stranger, Give It Welcome

The power of the suggestive is much greater than the statement of reality.
C.W. Mundy

 

And so it is that dappled sunlight reflected on a brook can touch you with a feeling of serenity that will re-visit you later, perhaps unexpectedly.  If this seems strange, then as a stranger give it welcome.

Matthaei Gardens, Michigan

An Unexpected Gift on a Summer’s Day

Sometimes the most beautiful thing is precisely the one that comes unexpectedly and unearned, hence something given truly as a present

Anna Freud

And so it was with this little jewel of a lake, which suddenly appeared out of the woods as I was turning the corner on a country road.

Huron National Forest, MIchigan