Sunrise at John Muir’s Fountain Lake

Prairie

Prairie view of Fox River National Wildlife Refuge. This was part of the original Fountain Lake farm of John Muir’s boyhood. Photo taken from the entrance to the John Muir Memorial Park, Marquette County, Wisconsin

 

This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on seas and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.

John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, (1938), page 438.

Sierra Club – John Muir’s Wisconsin

If this were 1849, I could put a canoe into what would have still been a small rice lake behind our house. The outflow stream would have taken me down to the lazy Fox River. Paddling upstream, I would have arrived at the Muir’s Fountain Lake farm in hour. Today, if I was a hawk or an eagle, I’d take the 7 mile overland flight and arrive, with a good tailwind, in ten minutes. The land between is bog, wetlands of mostly carr sedge, an occasional thicket of woods, but still undeveloped and roadless. Even back then, walking would have been difficult. Today, the drive takes around 25 minutes because I’m cautious of deer – and I do slow down and enjoy the scenery.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge:Half-light

 

 

 

 

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Stonewalling

A personality trait certain to push me to the edge

one toe over the line

one heel firmly planted

indecision

fight or flight

their way or the highway

runners run to finish

and final is the end

Stonewalling

Montello, Wisconsin  granite quarry in winter 2014.

stalling or delaying

Montello, Wisconsin granite quarry in winter, 2014.

especially by refusing

Montello, Wisconsin granite quarry.

to answer questions or cooperate

Montello, Wisconsin granite quarry.

A terrific old blog entry I found on this local quarry. http://wellerharvey.wordpress.com/stories/montello-granite/

Daily Prompt: Never Gonna Give You Up