while visiting my niece’s school
in the beautiful woods of northern michigan
i realized that it wouldn’t be
a real end of their school year goodbye
without a bear to see them off.
“but of course, it isn’t really good-bye, because the forest will always be there…
and anybody who is friendly with bears can find it.”
pathfinder school, traverse city, michigan, usa
closing out the day on glen lake
“in extraordinary times, the ordinary takes on a glow and wonder all its own.”
-mike a. lancaster
glen lake, empire, michigan, usa
an exciting and cost-effective option
offered up to
the adventurous sweets eaters of the world
inside the dam candy store
“all the candy corn that was ever made was made in 1911.”
dam candy store, fishtown, leland, michigan, u.s.a. – July 2019
a summer evening by the lake in glen arbor, michigan
“after every storm the sun will smile;
for every problem there is a solution,
and the soul’s indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer.”
-william r. alger
I am the driver
but best match
the back seat descriptor.
image credit: earth porn
the process of an electron releasing a photon of light (energy)
and falling back down to a lower energy level.
on traverse bay, michigan, usa – summer 2018
with joyful grandie
catching the sunset
in his net.
“summertime is a period for youthful explorations,
a joyful time when we learn lessons
without grand expectations or harsh consequences.”
-kilroy j. oldster
sleeping bear dunes national lakeshore, glen lake, empire, michigan, usa
The “floating Christmas tree” sits atop the water in Glen Lake.
Drivers cruising along M-22 near Glen Arbor are being treated to a little holiday magic this year: A floating Christmas tree in Glen Lake.
The 12-foot-tall Frasier fir is secured inside a small fishing boat anchored about 600 feet off the shore. At night the tree lights up (thanks to a timer and two solar-powered, 12-volt batteries) and appears to be magically floating atop the water.
It’s the third year in a row that Glen Arbor resident Frank Siepker Jr., who lives on the lake, has pulled off this charming and decidedly Up North-y Christmas display. “People dress up their yards for Christmas; the lake is kind of our yard,” he said. “Everybody gets a kick out of it.”
The tree is visible along the east side of M-22; the best spot for viewing it is at the bridge that divides Glen Lake into “Big” Glen Lake and “Little” Glen Lake (a spot sometimes referred to as “the narrows”).
Siepker said how long the tree will remain in the lake depends on the weather. If too much ice doesn’t form, the tree will stay up until New Year’s Day, at which point Siepker will put on his waders, walk out into the frigid water, and bring the display back to shore.
In the meantime, he said the tree continues to delight his two young children — as it no doubt does many who happen to see it while driving by.
“christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. “
-charles m. schulz
credits: mlive.com, emily bingham, jeff rabidoux (photo)
some of the grandies
near the bunk-bed room
still full of energy
after a long day
spent enjoying and exploring
the water and sand and gardens and lawn
way up north
on a warm and breezy
how many minnows are in there?
what’s that thing?
is that place far away?
how many different colors are in there?
where did the sun go?
why is that bigger than my head?
who’s turn is it?
sittin’ on a dock on a bay…..
on glen lake up north in michigan