Morning as seen from the dock at Anne’s house.


The sky was filled with choppy white clouds, sun ducking in and out at will.


I used my neutral density filter which cuts glare and can make for some interesting shots.  Playing with that gray filter is the only bit of magic that I used on these shots–no other “artsy” stuff or overlays.



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 Wabi Sabi is on her way into the untamed wilderness of Upper Michigan (“Terra Incognita”… “Here Be Dragons”… “Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here”) and will be staying at a Deer Camp. Not a place where deer go to kick back, like a Deer Spa, but a place where hunters go to practice their dark arts and crafts. No electricity, no running water (well, it does run, but only as fast as you can pump it.) Phones and Wi-Fi are not happening. And yet…with gas and generators and pumps…snug. The sauna: ahhhhh. Good friends and much food: very nice. Last year, we had to stop the ATV’s periodically and brush the ticks off, but that was in the spring.

Of course, this is the U.P. in early August. We could be due for a blizzard off Lake Superior any time now.

  1. Sherry says:

    Something is definitely wrong with these photo.

    1. The clouds look like puffy things I have seen in the sky, but they are not black with white polka dots.

    2. There is no lazy river pictured.

    Have fun, oh esteemed Yooper!

    • Thank you, Sherry. If/when we finish our projects, I will share my alternate (fabric) universe online.
      As for returning to the U.P., use your best Pacino voice here:
      “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”

  2. Pat The Mosquitos are plentiful this year so bring some Deet. Sunny and nice breeze on Lake Superior today and I was expecting rain again! A nice plus for the U.P.

    • Oh! Thanks for the heads-up, Mary. Our plan is to pick blueberries for Saturday morning’s pancakes. Help me out here: if a bear comes sniffing around while I’m picking the berries, one sharp whack on the nose with a newspaper, right?

  3. Anne says:

    Who knew the water had so much to say . That camera of your gets you out on the dock before coffee. It seems to take you out to geographies located beyond the “borders of the known world”. enjoy your adventure north.

  4. I am in love with the last image….The blue and brown tones…..*sigh*……The minimalist singular stick or reed….. A simple line that speaks to me in many ways…..Amazing!

  5. Lignum Draco says:

    You called me? Here be the dragon. Enjoy your time there. Lovely photos.

  6. marty says:

    Taking your snowshoes along, I’m guessing.

  7. Jean says:

    Wonderful, Wonderful! I think you may have one-upped Matisse on these. Love’m.

  8. There’s a message here about how we perceive the world. Nice images.

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