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WPC: Expressive Variations, Seasons of a Lake

“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

In Michigan, we have the added pleasure of watching the lakes and their environs change through the seasons.  Lush green is followed by amber and red, which is succeeded by icy blues and whites.  Each has its own charms and memories.  As a bonus, this particular lake is nestled in suburban Detroit.

Photo Challenge:  Variations on a Theme  

Newburgh Lake, Michigan

Newburgh Lake, Michigan

Newburgh Lake, Michigan


Playful Light Meets Rippling Brook


In wilderness is the preservation of the world.
–Henry David Thoreau

A brook ripples through Wilderness State Park in northern Michigan on its unhurried way to  the Straits of Mackinac where Lakes Michigan and Huron meet.

Wilderness State Park, Michigan

Photo Challenge: Intersection of Fate and Choice

Not every intersection needs a traffic light


Every path but your own is the path of fate.  Keep on your own track then.

–Henry David Thoreau

Photo Challenge:  Corner  


the road less traveled by

Kensington Park, Michigan

I spotted a local commuter just around the bend.


Photo Challenge, Satisfaction: Serenity Coasting on the Summer Breeze

 A broad river mirroring a summer sky or a two-track lane’s invitation to explore a pine forest  each whisper satisfaction to me.

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.

Henry David Thoreau


Photo Challenge:  Satisfaction 


au sable river, michigan

Au Sable River, Michigan

Pigeon River forest. Michigan


The Music of a Different Drummer

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him step to the music which he hears, no matter how measured or far away.

–Henry David Thoreau

On the 200th anniversary of Thoreau’s birth, this view from northern Michigan’s forest primeval.

Pigeon River Forest, Michigan

Photo Challenge: A Deer’s Curiosity Eclipses Her Surprise

Surprised?  Yes, she was…but also curious.  So, the photographer had enough time to get over his own surprise and snap the shutter.

Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.”
—Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Photo Challenge:  Surprise 

matthaei gardens ann arbor michigan

Kensington Park, Michigan


WPC: Life Emits a Fragrance like Sweet-Scented Herbs

If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs,

…is more elastic, more starry, more immortal- that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself.

Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Photo Challenge: Ambience

Newburgh Lake, Michigan

Newburgh Lake, Michigan