Earth laughs in flowers. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Hamatreya”
I took my youngest to the botanical gardens in Ann Arbor months ago. During the late spring and into summer the flowers are always in abundance.
These days are numbered but I’m enjoying them while they last.
This image represents summer for me. Taken in Ludington, MI a couple weekends ago while on a last trip before school starts. The darker areas are trails that take you from Lakeshore Drive to Lake Michigan. It can be a hot walk and sometimes prickly if you step on the grass stubbles but the beach here is amazing and worth the dangers.
There’s a place in West Michigan where I go as often as I can. Aside from the beauty there are the years of memories tied to this place. This year I visited four times with my kids, each time making new memories I won’t forget.
The path pictured leads to one of those places where I can stand and think back over the years. In my mind I can picture who I was with and it’s bittersweet to think about sometimes. Time changes things but the memories remain. I can go back and remember years past but more importantly I can make new memories that one day will be those bittersweet moments I remember.
This time we ventured a little further into the dunes. The sand was so hot I had to stop once in a while and bury my feet deeper into the cooler areas. We made it to the large dune climb but not to Lake Michigan. Next time we will go even further.
On our way to The Dune Climb.