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Photo Challenge: A Window into a Most Expressive Feature

“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


Photo Challenge:  Windows  


Kensington Park, Michigan


Photo Challenge: Structures and Melodies in a Natural Fairyland

From the High Banks of the Au Sable River, 300 stairs built by the US Forest Service descend to a natural fairyland of springs bubbling out of the hillside and hurrying on their course to the river.  To prevent soil erosion and to span the brooks, the Forest Service also built a wooden stairway threading among the stately pines.

Photo Challenge:  Structure  


The soft sound of springs rushing to the river plays a background melody…

…and sunlight sifts like gossamer through the forest canopy.

Memories and the River of Time

I sat there and forgot and forgot, until what remained was the river that went by and I who watched… Eventually the watcher joined the river, and there was only one of us. I believe it was the river.

Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It

pigeon river, michigan

Pigeon River forest, Michigan

Photo Challenge: Michigan Monarch Pines’ Last Stand


The heritage of Michigan’s old growth forests is preserved like an ancient insect in amber  in  one magnificent last stand  at Hartwick Pines state park.  Detroit has been the Motor City for 100 years now, and Michigan has become famous for auto assembly lines.  But, before Henry Ford was tinkering in his garage, lumber was Michigan’s great industry.  The vast forest primeval  was clear cut to a desert of stumps to the sounds of saw and ax, and towns across America’s Midwest sprang up, built of Michigan wood.  Purely by chance,  these trees at Hartwick Pines escaped logging.  Some have stood since before Detroit was a French fort–300 and more years ago.

Photo Challenge:  Heritage   

Hartwick Pines, Michigan

Hartwick Pines, Michigan

Sunshine and Feathered Friends

As you can see, I wasn’t the only one to be out enjoying the sunshine and blue skies in our little corner of Michigan.  The local woods is not yet in full-green mode, but the color is definitely trending  in that direction.  Summer will soon be upon us, leaving me with only one question for my feathered friends:  where are the ducklings?

Photo Challenge, Wanderlust: That Subtle Something to Renew a Weary Spirit

On a Michigan summer’s day, wanderlust can lead you to varied tracks and traces in the seemingly endless woods.

Photo Challenge:  Wanderlust

Pigeon River Forest, Michigan

…meandering in the pine forests of the North or the hardwood stands of the Southern part of the state.

Matthaei Woods, Michigan


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

the road less traveled by

Kensington Park, Michigan