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Beauty in Light and Shadow

All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.”
Leo Tolstoy,   Anna Karenina

Summer’s medley, composed of light and shadow.  is now playing at Michigan’s lakes and woods.

Newburgh Lake, Michigan

Serendipity Is a Gentle Goddess

So it was that one sultry summer afternoon I followed this path through the woods and happened to find a small pond and meadow, where the canopy of  trees parted to reveal the blue, blue sky.  Truly, a shelter from the storm.

kensington park, michigan

Kensington Park, Michigan

…so Wonderfully Changes and Renews a weary 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

photo taken in a quiet  space for renewal, Kensington Park, just northwest of Detroit, an area of wooded hills and lakes set aside 100 years ago by someone with great foresight.

Southern Michigan forest

 

When Vegetation Rioted on the Earth

Going up that river was like traveling back to the earliest beginnings of the world, when vegetation rioted on the earth.
Joseph Conrad

with a doe skipping lightly through the shallows on a summer afternoon.

Fleming Creek, MIchigan

A European Time Traveler Visits Michigan

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.