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Photo Challenge: A Serenity of Exquisite Brilliance

The day was ending in a serenity of still and exquisite brilliance.

—Joseph Conrad

Photo Challenge:  Serene 

newburgh lake, michigan


WPC: A Serenity More Profound and Emotions without Words

Forthwith a change came over the waters, and the serenity became less brilliant but more profound.
—-Joseph Conrad

The Au Sable River in northern Michigan always brings to mind memories of boyhood vacations, now viewed from the serenity of distance, but on a summer’s day still calling up emotions without words.

Photo Challenge:  Serene 

au sable river, michigan

Au Sable River, Michigan

Photo Challenge: A Landscape’s Most Expressive Feature

“Change is Nature’s delight,” wrote Marcus Aurelius, though I presume he never visited Michigan.  One nearby lake, as the landscape passes through the seasonal transformation.


Photo Challenge:  Transformation  


Newburgh Lake, Michigan

Autumn’s first colors…

“they that know the winters of that country know them to be sharp and violent, subject to cruel and fierce storms, dangerous to travel to known places . . .” —William Bradford

Conversations with Athena


In the conversation that followed, we recalled the June day, over ten  years ago, when we had first sat next to each other in a public speaking class.  She teasingly reminded me how shy I had been.

I pictured her back then, sharing scenes from her social life: her stories a playful medley, drawing me in, subverting my best defenses.   High school I had spent seeking refuge in a social cubbyhole. Finding myself seated next to this blonde, lissome girl proved a culture shock. I might as well have shared a desk with the goddess Athena; our early conversations had been that one-sided. Linda had been patient with her shy neighbor, and gradually our conversations became a partnership. Through getting to know her, I had stepped into the sunlight. Seeing her again, I wanted to share this, but it came out this way: “I still think of our conversations before class. You were quite the raconteur.”

Photo Challenge: Autumn’s Golds are Fleeting

Alas, Autumn’s golds are fleeting and too soon faded and fallen.  But, we are promised the return of the greens of Spring.

I had the whole sky in my eyes and it was blue and gold.
Albert Camus

Photo Challenge: Temporary  


Ann Arbor, Michigan

Photo Challenge: That October Glow in the Forest

When autumn visits the Michigan woods, the season bring its own special glow.  Golds replace greens, and the sunlight takes on a shimmering quality.

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
Anne of Green Gables

Photo Challenge:  Glow


near Newburgh Lake, Michigan



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