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Beauty’s Intoxicating Feeling

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

So, as winter sets in and the trees rest in their dormant shade of gray,  memories of summers past and summers to come beguile the time.

Kensington Park, Michigan


Photo Challenge: “Awf’y” Cheeky Critter

My Scottish grandmother  sprinkled her conversation with the word cheeky, often modified by “awf’y.”  She would have liked this guy.  I ran into this cheeky critter along the trail last summer.  Needless to say, I gave him a wide berth and captured his “fighting stance” with my telephoto lens.

Photo Challenge:  Cheeky 


Photo Challenge, Serene: Seeing into the Life of Things

While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.
–William Wordsworth

What a treasure to have such a serene place only a short distance away.

Photo Challenge:  Serene 

camus invincible summer

Fleming Creek, 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