“…Of inspiration on the humblest lay.”

“Most Sweet It Is”

by William Wordsworth

Most sweet it is with unuplifted eyes
To pace the ground, if path be there or none,

While a fair region round the traveler lies
Which he forbears again to look upon;


Pleased rather with some soft ideal scene,
The work of Fancy, or some happy tone

Of meditation, slipping in between
The beauty coming and the beauty gone,

If Thought and Love desert us, from that day
Let us break off all commerce with the Muse;

With Thought and Love companions of our way,
Whate’er the senses take or may refuse,

The Mind’s internal heaven shall shed her dews
Of inspiration on the humblest lay.


Photographs were taken on one of the walks within simple places that Julie & I try to do weekly, in search of beauty, inspiration, tranquility and wonder (and photographs worth keeping). It was a beautiful, dewy, cool summer morning at The Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary, maintained by the Audubon Society, in the Waterloo Recreational Area in southern Michigan, USA.


Texture at Corkscrew Swamp

Yesterday we went to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in southwest southern Florida and found lots of texture. How convenient because Cee is calling for “texture” this week. The sanctuary has a two and a half mile boardwalk that goes through a bald cypress forest – the largest one in North America.

Corkscrew 081It took us over 4 hours because the 4 sets of eyes were continually seeing something to examine or photograph. Here are some of the textures I captured. Click on one of the photos to see as a slide show and to read captions.

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