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Yearly Archives: 2021

Empty Benches

Wed, 21 Jul 2021, 09:13 PM (-06:00)

The benches under the trees in the woods on the hill by the lake are empty.Bye mom.

Footsteps in the Dark

Wed, 21 Jul 2021, 09:34 AM (-06:00)

It was night. It was late. The forest was dark.  The ground was marvelously soft from the rains the week before. Yet even though the man knew the path well, whenever he took his eyes (and his headlamp) off the ground at his feet, he found himself wandering into the softer softness of leaves and […]

End of Another Day

Fri, 2 Jul 2021, 09:19 PM (-06:00)

1. Gold I was on the phone with cousins when I stopped mid-sentence. Something is dreadfully wrong with the forest over there, I thought to myself. How is it possible that the leaves have turned yellow in just the last few days? My heart was breaking. There are Pines and Maples and Oaks and Black […]


Fri, 2 Jul 2021, 07:36 PM (-06:00)

It gets a bit wonky around Baldwin Lake. The Flat River Trail map shows that the trail doesn’t officially go around the lake but rather ends at a narrow road by the water’s edge. But that road follows the shore, wraps around the northern arm, cuts across a tiny strip to Manoka Lake, and from there […]

White Pine

Fri, 2 Jul 2021, 05:30 PM (-06:00)

Why yes. That would be a White Pine.

The Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

Thu, 1 Jul 2021, 07:11 PM (-06:00)

1. Waiting for Wildlife Northeast out of Greenville on the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail. It’s a flat, dedicated trail with only one stretch along Peck where you have to share the road from narrow bike lanes painted on either side. The vehicles go by fast, but they go by only once in a while and […]

Sky Turns Black

Wed, 30 Jun 2021, 09:37 PM (-06:00)

Forty years ago a young man spent the summer with his grandparents. They lived in a tiny town. His grandmother talked with him sweetly, showed him where the wild strawberries grew, marveled at his soft hands, introduced him to good friends down the street. His grandfather tried to teach him to use a theodolite, how […]

Morning Activities

Wed, 30 Jun 2021, 10:43 AM (-06:00)

1. On The Western Shore The camp on the western shore of the lake gets direct sun until noon and shade after that. So they swim in the morning.  Today after the swimmers swam and some kayaks returned from a trip perhaps into the next lake, a mass of campers embarked in canoes. (How it […]

Gone the Sun

Tue, 29 Jun 2021, 08:16 PM (-06:00)

The sunset came and went simply this evening. No pyrotechnics. In the distance, there was a pastel blue sky. Central Time Zone over there, don’t you know. Still daylight. The fair and industrious Trudy would have been coming home from shopping at Target under that daylight, perhaps. Nearer at hand, there were clouds gliding over […]

Sharing the Golden Glittering

Tue, 29 Jun 2021, 07:13 AM (-06:00)

How to share it with you, that sunlight on the water? How to describe it, the brilliance of its golden glittering? I cannot. Even the camera cannot. But wait. Perhaps the camera can. There you have it.