last night’s walk in the park
“it is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam.
this crisp winter air is full of it.”
argo park, ann arbor, michigan, usa – february 2021
should we swim or play ice hockey today?
luckily this sign helps to make the decision easier.
“i try not to go the obvious route all the time,
but sometimes the most obvious is actually the best.”
image credit: jim grampie, at gallup park, ann arbor
Remember to space it out, watch the waving, and recreate responsibly.
those zany park rangers are at it again
i love their method of getting the message across
National parks across the country provide endless opportunities for recreational activities for everyone from the casual sightseer to the experienced adventurer. With your help, we can enjoy these special places while preserving them for future generations to enjoy. Learn more ways to recreate safely at https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/recreate-responsibly.htm
“one thorn of experience is worth a wilderness of warning.”
-james russell lowell
National Park Service Notice –
READ: Please don’t run from bears or push your slower friends down in attempts of saving yourself.
As a follow-up to a previous post, if you come upon a stationary bear, move away slowly and sideways; this allows you to keep an eye on the bear and avoid tripping. Moving sideways is also non-threatening to bears. Do NOT run, but if the bear follows, stop and hold your ground. Like dogs, they will chase ﬂeeing animals. Do NOT climb a tree. Both grizzlies and black bears can climb trees. Do NOT push down a slower friend (even if you think the friendship has run its course).
Stay calm and remember that most bears do not want to attack you; they usually just want to be left alone. Don’t we all? Identify yourself by making noise so the bear knows you are a human and not a prey animal. Help the bear recognize you as a human. We recommend using your voice. (Waving and showing off your opposable thumb means nothing to the bear) The bear may come closer or stand on its hind legs to get a better look or smell. A standing bear is usually curious, not threatening.
P.S. We apologize to any “friends” who were brought on a hike as the “bait” or were sacrificed to save the group. You will be missed.
“i’d rather write about polar bears than people”
image credit: Bear resting on a log thinking bear things at Katmai National Park & Preserve, NPS/ J. Ehrlenbach
“but which is the stone that supports the bridge?”
ramsey canyon preserve, sierra vista, az – walking in beauty with my sister
came upon this peaceful man
sleepy with quiet thoughts
on a quiet noon
spent in bandamer park
ann arbor, mi. usa
“summer quiet thoughts on summer quiet noons.”
-ray bradbury, now and forever