“Above the Forest”

I love to go to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at least once a year. Actually I would love to live up there. It’s truly a wonderful place to be.

I’ve traveled all over the UP, but this image is from just on the outskirts of Saint Ignace, which is the first town you come to after you cross the Mackinac Bridge.

It doesn’t matter what time of year I go. I always have to make a visit to Castle Rock. An historic place with a great view of extensive forests and Lake Huron depending on the direction you’re looking in.

For all photographers and historians make sure you take the time to talk with the family that owns and has operated it for so many years. The walls in the gift shop are filled with wonderful historical images from the humble beginnings of Castle Rock and the family that kept it going from the start till the present day.

A definite treat for everyone, not to mention children who need to run off their energy by climbing the many stairs to reach the top!

Enjoy the view!

The Beauty of the Upper Peninsula!
The Beauty of the Upper Peninsula!

“North Winds Blew”

Not that long ago, on one of those wet and snowy kind of days. I ventured out to get in a few shots of the snow. The wind had been coming in straight from the North, and what started out as a cold rain from the previous night, turned into a very heavy snow.

You can clearly see how the snow has collected on, and stuck to one area of the tree trunk, and left a bit of an empty spot with grass showing directly behind it.

I first processed this image in color, but as you can see, there really isn’t much color to be had. So I then decided to do a black and white version. I thought I’d post both of them up here for you to see.

To me what I love so much about these two simple images is the fact that you can see exactly where the storm came from, or at least where it landed, and also the winter wonderland of snow covered branches in the background!!

I keep thinking, and hoping, that I’ll be posting fresh and new spring images of nature, and landscapes, but so far spring, although it has come by the calender, it hasn’t quite made its way to my area yet!

As I gaze out the window while writing this. I have snowflakes swirling around outside, and dark heavy clouds looming in the distance. We shall see what that will bring!!

Winter in color.
Winter in color.
Winter in B&W.
Winter in B&W.

“Bearing Winter’s Weight”

You know, whenever it snows I have two thoughts in my mind. One is hmmmm I need to go out somewhere and capture some of that beauty on camera. The other is lets go have some fun in the snow, like skiing or sledding.

Well the snow you see in this image was one of those from a storm that brings in really wet snows. The kind that starts out as sleet and rain, gets really windy, then dumps a bunch of snow that clings to everything!!

It’s really beautiful to look at, gorgeous to capture, but not good for much else, especially when it brings down power lines, trees, and also melts rather quickly.

The weight of the snow on these trees and bushes was quite a load. Everything was drooping. As I sloshed through the extremely wet snow and water, big blobs of melting snow would come off of a tree and plop on the ground all around me. I knew I had to work quickly to get in some shots, and to prevent my camera from becoming covered in wet snow!!

This path seemed very inviting as I walked along. It turned out to be quite a bit more messy than I anticipated, but at least I captured the beauty and magic of it all before it melted into oblivion!!

So for now…… enjoy this little bit of Winter Wonderland, and keep thinking thoughts of spring, because it’s heading our way soon, and these little tastes of winter will only be distant memories!!

-Bearing Winter's Weight-

“Once Upon a Hill”

A lovely poem about trees by Joyce Kilmer. The poem is titled:

“Trees”

“I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.”

— Joyce Kilmer,

To me this is said so beautifully by Joyce Kilmer, and what better to show the beauty of a tree, than a wonderful old Oak tree. One that has lived and seen so many years. Felt the wonder of all four the seasons, the dread of drought, the warmth of the spring sun, the beauty of her fall foliage, and the loss of most of her leaves in winter.
Yet, in the twinkling of an eye. Winter soon starts to fade, the image you see here, beautiful in it’s own right. Will soon be replaced by the tender growth of a new spring season. A season that gives hope and rebirth to all living things!
This tree of many years, lives yet to see another, and hopefully decades, and maybe even hundreds of years more!!

"Once Upon a Hill"
The story a tree can tell.
“Once Upon a Hill”
The story a tree can tell.