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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Update on Yellow Rose in December

December 22, 2015

Bud not a goner yet.

And elsewhere nearby --

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Yellow Rose of Michigan

Roses are not rare in Michigan, but the date of this image is December 17, and the graceful, generous bloom not in a greenhouse but out on a Leelanau County hill, overlooking chilly Lake Michigan.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

No Snow Yet in the Orchards

After bright fall leaves depart,
the orchards' color comes from the bark,
deep red in the case of cherry trees.

Background yellow comes
from willows along the creek.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Pieces Don't Fit Today

The morning began with beautiful sun and parting clouds, but we already knew, from the day before, what to expect to hear on the radio. Our beloved Paris under attack. Shock. Fear. Anger. Mourning. The pieces don't fit together -- violence and death and fear and loss in one place I love, and in another sunshine, blue skies, and a happy dog running. I remember the same feeling from the fateful September 11 fourteen years ago: another beautiful morning that came with very, very bad news. 

I don't know where to look. We human beings want so much for the world to make sense. Sometimes, though, it just doesn't. It certainly does not make sense to me today. I am still grateful for the good pieces -- just wish -- .

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Second Hard Frost of the Season, Southern Leelanau Township

Frost signals a turn in the season, from early autumn color to the cold fall that presages winter, but on a morning of blindingly bright sunshine the beauty of frost eclipses its message. More ephemeral than summer blossoms or winter snowflakes, it must be captured quickly in the space between sunrise and its inevitable melting away in the light.

Friday, November 6, 2015

A Few Remaining Swathes of Color

The sketchiness of the popples' remaining yellow against the dark of the evergreens was like a dance. Many orchards are still bright, as trees in the woods woods have gone bare, their leaves stripped off by high winds. What will we see when the orchard boughs are bare? The massed color of their bark, in clouds of muted purple.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Oh, Those Curves!

How fickle! 

How inconstant!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

Alice Walker's Title Is Once Again Appropriate

Do you know the title I mean? It's her collection of poetry called Horses Make the Landscape Look More Beautiful. Poets speak truth. In the landscape below, I sensed something missing:

"Where are the horses?" I cried in impatience and frustration. Then -- "Stop! Turn right!" I'd spied them from a distance.

The curiosity of these massive, beautiful animals is part of their charm, along with their soft, warm noses and sweet, tickly whiskers.

Along with nobility, generosity, and unself-conscious beauty, these two also had friendly, confident and slightly teasing personalities. What glorious animals! What a perfect encounter for a beautiful fall day!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

First Snow of the Season

Yes, it's really snow, not raindrops, on the windshield. Can you feel the cold?

Snow shows up better on the ground, in the shots below. Somehow, though, it looks colder to me when it's streaking down.