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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

Seasons of an Ephemeral Stream

A  brook murmuring in a Michigan woods leads a fragile existence.  I returned last weekend to this spot, where I took this photo in the spring rush of  early June, and found the stream’s course was barely more than a trickle of water and a path of dark,  damp earth among the ferns and skunk cabbage.  Yet, it was enough to refresh a fawn who stopped for a drink before skittering off through the trees at the sight of an intruder.

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Brook in Michigan woods