Monday, May 23, 2016

White Tail Deer Fawn

This fawn's mother is nearby but the little one stays so still that I could walk up to it and snap this photo.

The deer in our neighborhood are pretty, but annoying.  They eat the flowers we plant.  They are flower fed deer.

And we must be careful when driving.  They cross the roads at all times of day and night.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Pent Water

Pent Water

Pent water trembled at the dam

                                                                          Moonlight shivered at its lip

                                        By the dam I watched all night

                                                              And wore my starry cape.

                                                                     I watched the brown bats slip

                                                                                                  Under dawn’s skirt and escape

                                                                         All their hunting done.

                                                 Pent water dimpled at brink

                                                            The dam shrugged its shoulders

                                                                         Hurling beams, cattle, barns

                                                                                                       Cars and all in its wake.

                                                                                 --Barbara Spring

Friday, May 20, 2016

In the Cool Dunes

In the Cool Dunes

 Gifts of the west wind and the glaciers

cool dunes rise above the windy beach.

For thousands of years the dunes

grew tall and then the sand began to sing.

The sand sang of quartz from Wisconsin

and of ice mountains grinding

through, of Lake Michigan currents

and November winds that blew. 

Quartz and hematite granules sang

as young girls wove garlands of wildflowers

from the wooded dunes:

bloodroot, Dutchman’s breeches, hepatica,

trillium, violets and Pitcher’s thistle.

They played in dappled shadows under

sassafras, witch hazel and choke cherry trees.

Bewitched, the young boys carved their names

beside names of the girls they loved

in the smooth gray bark of beech trees

while silent deer  and wood ducks watched

in the cool dunes. 

--Barbara Spring
The Wilderness Within

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Kirk Park on Lake Michigan: Sleeping Bear Dunes

There is less beach today since the water levels on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are higher than usual.  This is normal though since the water rises and falls every year.
Sleeping Bear Dunes on Lake Michigan.  The best sand dunes are found on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan due to the prevailing west winds.

Read more about these topics in The Dynamic Great Lakes by Barbara Spring

available wherever books are sold

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Monday, May 2, 2016

Sunset Over Lake Michigan

I took this photo near the boardwalk along the Grand River that flows into Lake Michigan.  In the distance on the left is the lighthouse and beacon at the end of the pier.  We get lovely sunsets in Grand Haven, MI.