Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Slow Road North


We paused with uncertainty as the paved road abruptly ended.
Our journey north across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan would continue now across a sand drive, plowed and left in loose piles on either shoulder.
Well-worn and rutted—top speed 20 mph.


The dark, deciduous woods

were punctuated by bright stands of birch,

and gradually yielded

to pine woods,

where bushy bracken fern

grew elbow to elbow between them.

Until a glimpse of sky hinted of the approaching shore,

where the line of trees stepped down to a grassy dune.

And the blue of Superior met the blue of the sky.




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22 comments:

itsnotjustapicture said...

what a surprise at the end of the road...would have never guessed that it led to this beautiful scene.

have a fab weekend.

Vita Stunder said...

Gorgeous captures!!
I'm happy to know I'll be heading to the woods tomorrow :)

Have a great weekend!
Anna

Sylvia K said...

Terrific shots! Love that little road and who would have guessed where it would end up!! Does remind me of my visit to Lake Superior several years ago! Marvelous!

Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Carletta said...

Lovely photo essay!
These are exactly the kind of roads Hubs and I like to traverse and see where we end up. Of course we won't find a lake here in the mountains. :)
Beautifully composed images.
Carletta’s Captures.

Deborah Godin said...

Wonderful! I do love the UP. That road could almost be the one to my grandmother's town, if it were paved that is. But the woods and bracken are the same.

Elisabeth said...

Lush foliage...beautiful ride with a suprise ending. Nice captures...thanks for sharing.

Photo Cache said...

I enjoyed the road trip. Glad you took the scenic road. Have a great weekend.

bobbie said...

A very beautiful road, leading to a scene just as beautiful!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Oh be still my heart. I so enjoy these paths you take us through. What a great escape. Happy SWF.

J Bar said...

Lots of great shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Kathiesbirds said...

Through a dark green tunnel to openess! What a wonderful journey! Love the "elbow to elbow" ferns!

VioletSky said...

What a suspensful photo journey!

Quilt Works said...

nice photos!! you live in a lovely area

KGMom said...

So lovely, so inviting.
Brings Frost's poem to mind--the woods are lovely, dark and deep...

eileeninmd said...

Loved the photos thru the woods, what a lvoely drive to the laek. thanks for sharing your SWF.

JOE TODD said...

A journey with a great destination. I'll bet the water was cold....

Heather said...

Thank you for taking us with you on the slow road Nina. They really do have some "back roads" up there. When we went to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore years ago, I remember a similar road to this that was a bit scary to drive on, especially in a vehicle that was not 4WD. The Pictured Rocks road was a bit rockier, but still a bit intimidating.

scienceguy288 said...

It looks like a great mountain bike ride. I never would have expected the destination based on the pictures of the journey.

Dhemz said...

very inviting!

my first time for this meme...here is mine:

http://demcyapdiandias.blogspot.com/2009/10/skywatch-friday.html

Kathiesbirds said...

Nina, you have been a dear friend and I appreciate you so much. Come by my blog to see what I have for you-no strings attatched.

sarah in the woods said...

What a lovely trip! Thanks for taking us along.

Nature Lovin' Super Mama said...

Nina, What beautiful captures from my home state! I am pretty sure I know where you were...near or on H-58 possible near lower hurricane in pictured rocks national lake shore....am I right? either way, beautiful...I love travelling across the bridge...so many open spaces...thanks for sharing.
NLSM