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Photo Challenge: A Tour of Michigan’s Cascades, Gentle and Wild

There is a waterfall in every dream. Cool and crystal clear, it falls gently on the sleeper, cleansing the mind and soothing the soul.
–Virginia Alison

A tour of Michigan would be incomplete  without pausing  along the way to listen to the music of  waterfalls, from a gentle stream near my home to the crescendo of  a roaring river in the forest primeval of the Upper Peninsula.

Photo Challenge:  Tour Guide  

 

Fleming Creek, Michigan

Au Sable River

Iargo Springs, Michigan

Tacquamenon Falls, Michigan

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WPC, Tour Guide: Mildly Intoxicating Feeling of Beauty

The enjoyment of beauty has a peculiar, mildly intoxicating quality of feeling. Beauty has no obvious use; nor is there any clear cultural necessity for it. Yet civilization could not do without it.

–Sigmund Freud

Nothing quite as serene as  a summer sunset over a local Michigan lake,  the sky lit by a golden glow and a stillness in the air.

Photo Challenge:  Tour Guide 

Newburgh Lake, Michigan

Newburgh Lake, Michigan

Photo Challenge, Beloved: Life and Food for Future Years

While here I stand, not only with the sense
Of present pleasure, but with pleasing thoughts
That in this moment there is life and food
For future years.

–William Wordsworth, Tintern Abbey

Still, the sound of this woodland stream whispering over the rocks brings back fond memories of boyhood summer vacations spent with my grandfather.  “Life and food for future years,” indeed.

Photo Challenge:     Beloved   

 

 

Huron National Forest

Pine River, Michigan

pine river, michigan

Between Patience and Hope

“Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation.”

Romans 12:12

A sentiment that comes to mind as winter lingers, with the expectation of  spring waiting  beyond the horizon.    The same might apply to  politics and culture in the United States, dominated as it is by antagonism.  For now, patience in tribulation more closely fits our predicament.

Fleming Creek, Michigan in spring

Saturday Monet: Atmosphere, Light, and Life

For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life – the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value.

Claude Monet

WPC: Expressive Variations, Seasons of a Lake

“A lake is a landscape’s most expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.”

—Henry David Thoreau

In Michigan, we have the added pleasure of watching the lakes and their environs change through the seasons.  Lush green is followed by amber and red, which is succeeded by icy blues and whites.  Each has its own charms and memories.  As a bonus, this particular lake is nestled in suburban Detroit.

Photo Challenge:  Variations on a Theme  

Newburgh Lake, Michigan

Newburgh Lake, Michigan

Newburgh Lake, Michigan

Photo Challenge: Whispers of the Past amidst the Forest Silence

The brook whispering as it slid past the ice on the banks was the solitary sound in the woods, but I imagined it carried a voice–her voice–from winters past, but not forgotten.  Before I quite caught it, the memory slipped away, as the sparkling water disappeared around the bend.  Yet, the sky shone with an intense blue and  hope returns with the approaching Spring.

Photo Challenge:  Silence  

 

Fleming Creek, Michigan