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Floral Frolic

The earth laughs in flowers.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

And may we see earth’s laughter soon!

Springville Marsh Nature Preserve, Ohio

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Late Summer’s Glow Lingers

I took this picture yesterday at a woodland park north of Detroit.  The sky was unsettled, with thunder clouds coasting on the humid breeze, like tall ships on a restless sea.  But, the sun shone often enough to remind me that summer yet lingered, if only as a morning star before dawn.

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Kensington Park, Michigan

 

Shinrin-yoku among the Ancients of Michigan

Shinrin-yoku is a Japanese word meaning, literally, forest bathing, and invokes the restorative effect of spending time in the stillness of the woods.  This photo shows a remarkable park, Hartwick Pines in Michigan.  By the  early 20th century, northern Michigan was essentially logged out, vast expanses of barren land looking like a monumental scythe had cut down the rich forests.  Fortuitously, this small woods escaped clear cutting.  The older trees  started their  lives in the 17th century, well before the French explorer, Cadillac, founded Detroit.  To immerse yourself here, if only for a couple hours, is to relive a bit of our planet’s history.  Truly, this forest bathing restores the spirit.

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shinrin-yoku, Michigan style