Posts in category "Great Lakes"

Spring Break: March Wafts Off on the Gentle Breath of a Lamb

Spring Break: March Wafts Off on the Gentle Breath of a Lamb
Springtime has broken at last. March making her exit gently, like the lamb promised by the lion at her start. Spring Break. Inspired by Lake Michigan’s dissolving ice floes, it’s been a week of acceptance and release. During the break, I managed a small dance atop frozen drifts in Wisconsin’s northern woodlands – with the... Read more »

It's OVER! Chiberia, Winter, The Polar Vortex. Gone, Gone, Gone! See Ya Later Aligator!

It's OVER! Chiberia, Winter, The Polar Vortex. Gone, Gone, Gone! See Ya Later Aligator!
Can you believe it!?! We MADE it! Winter is over! The resolute march of planets, sun and moon guaranteed it. And so we arrive at the Vernal Equinox. We knew it would come, and yet in the dead of winter, we doubted it. That Polar Vortex freaked us out. But, in the words of the... Read more »

Sick of Winter? How About One (Last?) (Pretty!) Snowstorm Before the Thaw?

Sick of Winter? How About One (Last?) (Pretty!) Snowstorm Before the Thaw?
It is funny how many people, (sick of winter already!) made meek apologies for finding last week’s snowstorm in Chicago pretty. Who can blame us? We’re ready for that Vernal Equinox hovered on our doorstep! I’ll join in. I’m ready for the melting and muddy boots. Bring it on! And yet, here I go…. some... Read more »
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Slideshow! March Roars Along On Lake Michigan

Slideshow! March Roars Along On Lake Michigan
March came in with a mess of a storm and set me to a challenge on Lake Michigan. I went in search of global wildness. There was even a day I contemplated piracy. And yet there were also days I barely made it down for a visit. It’s the week the lion “March-ed” in, the... Read more »

"The Man Whose Mother Was A Pirate" Wildness in the Global City: Lake Michigan Pilgrimage

"The Man Whose Mother Was A Pirate" Wildness in the Global City: Lake Michigan Pilgrimage
That little man I saw the other evening at the Lake Michigan lakefront? He reminded me of the guy in one of my favorite children’s books about a pirate and the lure of the sea. This guy scuttled across Lakeshore Drive, heavy briefcase in his hand,┬áleaning into his direction – speeding along – his black... Read more »

Wildness and the Global City: Lake Michigan Pilgrimage

Wildness and the Global City: Lake Michigan Pilgrimage
I stepped up to the edge of Lake Michigan today and the phrase “standing on the edge of wildness” came to mind. I pondered that. Is Lake Michigan wild? Today, my pilgrimage took me on a northern route. I was on my way to a meeting at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher center to listen... Read more »
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The Lion Marches In: Lake Michigan Pilgrimage

The Lion Marches In: Lake Michigan Pilgrimage
At Lake Michigan today, the air was so clear I could see Indiana on the horizon. A cobalt sky and magically crisp. Incongruous considering the grey storm I drove in on this morning to get here. I guess we have some lambs in our near future; that is if the old proverbs have anything to... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan on Donna Day: Supporting Children With Cancer

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan on Donna Day: Supporting Children With Cancer
Today is Donna Day, and this is on my mind as I make my way to Lake Michigan on my daily pilgrimage. I clearly recall the day Donna’s short life touched mine. I write this in her honor, and I hope you can take a moment to celebrate her. Donna Day is named in honor... Read more »

Photographing Lovers and Strangers: Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan

Photographing Lovers and Strangers: Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan
I am late getting to Lake Michigan today. Everything is melting and the water out beyond the breakwaters is the richest most amazing cobalt blue. Refreshing. I’m not alone. Couples walk along the promenade. A pair of lovers holding hands peer over the wall’s edge. Taking turns, one leans forward while the other leans back,... Read more »
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Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 30

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 30
There’s a distinctive hiss from traffic along Lakeshore Drive as I stand at the edge of a Lake Michigan clouded by fog. I can barely see the breakwaters that normally provide my gateway. It strikes me as funny that 30 days into this project of close observation, my vision is shrouded. I struggle to perceive... Read more »