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.
Sometimes the most profound awakenings come wrapped
in the quietest of moments
The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.
The layers of the forest create an ever-changing melody of light and shadow.
Summer sounds of a whispering brook and the sunlight pours down like a gentle balm.
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.
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.
Going up that river was like traveling back to the earliest beginnings of the world, when vegetation rioted on the earth.
with a doe skipping lightly through the shallows on a summer afternoon.
If the path be beautiful let us not ask where it leads
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.