michigan from way up there
the waxing moon enabled this unique VIIRS view of the great lakes last night.
note the moon glint below lake-effect clouds over lake superior.
“a sky as pure as water bathed the stars and brought them out.”
~antoine de saint-exupery
image credit: cimss – Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, university of wisconsin-madison, https://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/
last night’s super moon over ann arbor.
“i’ve never seen a moon in the sky that,
if it didn’t take my breath away,
at least misplaced it for a moment.”
image credit: g.e. anderson, alumni association of university of michigan
who spends days working in our busy capitol city of lansing
comes home at night to the quiet little town of owosso
– its polar opposite.
in fact, it’s the home of the polar express
which wakes up the entire town with its early hour whistle blow
each and every morning from thanksgiving on through the holidays
but there is so much more here
with all the charm and quirks that only a small town embraces
the castle built by a local eccentric from the past overlooking the river
a tea room complete with hats and boas to wear
a trading post with gold, tools, guitar and guns
and best of all
the local five and dime store
an accordion on a bench waiting to be played
brach’s candy counter
wall of embroidery floss
balsa wood pieces of all sizes
50 cent bags of popcorn
my favorite feature of all
the special of the week – napkin sale
which far surpassed all expectations
this was my lucky day for so many reasons.
“every week in a small town is very different. something is going on.”
– emily rose
a beautiful morning walk
sharing earhart park with this lovely creature
an evening spent at the first and second sister lakes in dolph nature area
“when we begin to see land as a community to which we belong,
we may begin to use it with love and respect.”
– aldo leopold
*i’ve now walked 60 of the ann arbor parks,
(all of the way through the letter ‘e’), only 100ish more to go-
i hope to have found and walked all of them by halloween, october 31
as i look forward to the beauty to be found in the change of seasons.
on my way to vote in the primary election yesterday
in the midst of many signs
one stood out.
“in an election, one needs both hope and audacity.”
swimming off of belle isle in the detroit river
with the city keeping watch in the background
belle isle is the country’s largest city island park; at approximately 948 acres, it is larger than new york city’s central park. both were designed by famed landscape architect frederick law olmstead. the island officially opened in1845, when it became known as belle isle. in 2014, it became michigan’s newest state park and is being lovingly restored to it’s original splendor.
“detroit is big enough to matter in the world
and small enough for you to matter in it.”
― jeanette pierce
and what better reason to wake up early?
“i can’t seem to shake waking up early.”
at sleeping bear dunes national lakeshore,
glen lake, empire, mi, usa