This is how Peterson Park looks now that all the old dead ash trees have been removed. Kind of stark, I know. Very different. Still, not absolutely hideous, as I'd feared, and new trees will be planted. For now the remaining cedar clumps add architectural interest, and the white birches along the edge are still beautiful. And the view -- of course, the view out over Lake Michigan is as stunning as ever.
My favorite songbird, the brown thrasher, was singing and flitting among the trees. Then I looked up.
The young eagle was an exciting surprise.
Visitors who don't explore north of the M-22 loop miss a lot. Here's some more of what I saw this morning out past the village of Northport, and these are just ordinary, humdrum sights.
|Along Peterson Park Road|
|High water by the bight|
Of course, you have to get off M-22 even to discover Northport, and who would want to miss our little village, so charming and peaceful and welcoming?
|Creek flowing to Grand Traverse Bay|
Come in on M-201 and stroll around Northport. It's the perfect time of year to get to know us.