Monday, November 5, 2018

Rich, Warm -- Brown!



Now that winds have stripped the poppies and birches and most of the maples of their bright-colored leaves, the more subtle tones of beech and oak foliage comes to the fore. 



Tuesday, October 30, 2018

On Monday, Sunshine


Like so many mornings these days, Monday began in darkness, literal and metaphorical. I didn't expect the clouds to part or the sun to shine, so blue sky was an unexpected blessing. An unexpected encounter with a local rabbi friend was another blessing, despite the tears in our eyes. And from then on, the day kept smiling. I kept seeing places and objects that reminded me of good people. Sun glancing off the watery surface of Lake Leelanau lit up these bright red berries onshore. I must believe there is a bright future for our children and grandchildren. We need to bring it about!

Where Have We Been, Sarah and I?


All of these trees but one are in Leelanau Township. The other is in Leland Township. How many look familiar to my friends?








Sunday, October 28, 2018

What Name To Give It?


There are times when words and even names seem pointless. Still, a tree that stands like nature's sculpture is always worth noticing.

"They battle with the tempests of a century. See what scars they bear, what limbs they lost before we were born. They die at their posts.... Their one principle is growth. They combine a true radicalism with a true conservatism. ... They do not, like men, from radicals turn conservatives. Their conservative part dies out first, their radical and growing part survives...." - Henry David Thoreau, writing of trees in the volume entitled Winter

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Good Morning For an Errand


Some mornings it's worth it to have an 8:30 a.m. appointment in another township, if only for the sunrise over Grand Traverse Bay.