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McCourtie Park

 

I have lived in Michigan most of my life, and have only seen a portion of it’s natural and created places. In late March a friend of mine mentioned a place I had never heard of, a park with all cement bridges that were made to look like the texture of wooden bridges. Who knew this charming place was just an hour drive away.

 


 

To know more about this park check out it’s Wikipedia link or click on the picture below to read the green sign.

 

 

We first stumbled upon these lookalike stumps that are actually chimneys to the house above.

 

 

 

Each bridge had its own personality and charm. The texture really was amazing! I often thought that maybe cement had been poured over wood. 

 

 

Along the way to each bridge were interesting abstract images in the water that flowed underneath and inside man made ponds.

 




 

Besides the cement bridges the park also had benches, large bird houses, a pond, a water fountain and so much more.

 


 

My Friend, Susan, that introduced us to this place managed to take a few pics of me in my element with nature.

 

 

My favorite experience here, was of meeting the huge tree in the center! Well that and seeing these little guys below.

 

 

 

 

I hope you feel as if you walked through the park with us! I’m thinking of doing more walks like this. What did you think about all the pictures, were there too many or was it all enjoyable?

 

I’ll be posting again in 2 days. Thursday’s post will be about the “Spring into the Arts” art walk, that happened May 18th. See ya then!

 

Okay Catch Up Time!

Alright, I have been gone too long! This month has been crazy! I’ve got so many upcoming posts about all the projects and fun little trips that happened in May. Here is a sneak peek of these future posts~ ❤ .

McCourtie Park

One post that I’ve been wanting to share is of a park in Michigan called McCourtie Park. All of the bridges are made out of cement, but made to look like wooden bridges. A friend of mine suggested the place so her, my mother and I had to check it out! It felt like we stepped into the “Shire”.

2018 Spring in Bloom

When the flowers started to bloom I made a point to get out and take as many pictures as I could, and I have a lot too! ^_^

Spring into the Arts 2018

I was not as prepared for this artwalk like I thought I would be. I had my doubts about how my display would look this year at the Spring into the Arts, but in the end I had my wonderful family and friends to help me bring everything together! ❤ I couldn’t have done it without all the support.

Sleeping Bear Dunes 2018

After being on edge all last year, my mother and I decided to distress (celebrate her being in remission) and take time out to have ourselves a little vacation up to the Sleeping Bear Dunes national park. In the pinky finger of Michigan 😉 , we went camping, visited Lake Michigan a few times, and took a ton of pictures! It was definitely a trip well worth taking ^_^ ❤ .

Sleeping Bear Dunes Throwback 2012

After taking the trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes with my mother this year, I was inspired to share my first trip there in 2012. I had gone there to test myself and to see if I could camp and work at the national park by myself. I didn’t end up working there but I had an amazing five days that I will never forget!

There is much more to come! I’m thinking about posting these topics on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday next week. It’s so good to be back ^_^ see ya then!

Embraced Within the Fog


A Choice

I was driving home after a wonderful morning with a friend when I noticed how much the fog had enveloped everything. I thought how cool the pictures would be at the arboretum. Almost passing up this moment because I didn’t have my good camera, I decided my phone’s camera would be good enough. The moment was here and I didn’t want it to slip away  just because the pictures wouldn’t turn out “Perfect“. I’m glad I did because I would have missed out on soo much fun and love.

 

 

Towards the middle of my adventure I made one of my famous snow hearts ❤ ❤ Odin had a good time too 😉 ~ ❤ We even came across deer tracks, which Odin followed enthusiastically. The rest of my time out and about though was pretty much absorbed in silence.

 



When I left the arboretum I picked up where I left off at home. I grabbed my camera and went out to my favorite spot.


My connection with this tree is beyond words ❤ ! I’m not sure which one I like best, lol.

 

A Reflection From Nature

The top left was at the end of the day at my mother’s house. At any other angle this rock looks nothing like a heart! The top right and bottom left were after my favorite tree. The last heart is a deer’s footprint in the snow, at the right perspective 😉 .

As I walked back nature reflected my snow heart, from earlier, back at me four times the amount of love that I gave ;). I’m really glad I didn’t let the fear of my phone’s camera not being good enough get in the way of all that I experienced today. If you ever feel the need to capture or express anything, take that moment…. the choice is yours~ ❤ !

 

Nature Walk Compilation 11/1/17


There are some walks I take that just seem to start off magical… I know I’m going back a few weeks but this particular walk’s evening gold light was filled with wonder.

It started as I walked to my car. Glancing down at the roof of my car, reflections of fall trees were waving me off to another adventure.

I pulled into my destination and was greeted by these golden gals lazing in the evening sun. I took many shots of different angles, but sometimes I just like to lay on the ground for the best effect.

 

I came across an evergreen that wanted to get in  on the Fall fun, one spot had green, yellow and red needles.

 

I love to take pictures of tall grass tops.

I had no idea what this stuff was called but the suns rays lit them up in a way that I had to take more than a few pictures. 🙂

I thought this one had a nice heart shape.

And something about the dried leaves dangling down the slanted plant looked interesting.

My next muse was this beautiful tree. I’ll have to look next time to see what kind it was. There’s not much I can say about these next few because I just feel the pictures say more then what I could so enjoy~ ❤

As I left I took one last look back and saw a hidden path waiting to have someone sit down and listen, inviting me to come again soon.

 

Temporary Break

Dogwood ❤ !

This week’s post will be the last for awhile, there have been a few things recently that need my full attention. So, here are a bunch of flower pics that I have taken over the last two weeks~ 🙂 My temporary leave from the blog is unknown, but when I have the time I will write in every now and then. I am grateful to all of you that have followed this blog and I hope to hear more from everyone when I return. Thank you!

Daffodils and Golden Ducats

Creeping Charlie and a Dandelion surrounded by I think Purple Deadnettle.

 

Pink Dogwood, the middle one on the right was taken at my mothers house. It has been in the ground for 5yrs. and never had leaves or bloomed, but this year it did and it was spectacular! ❤

Leila Arboretum’s luminous Dogwood trees!

White Lilac, Dogwood leaves, and Dogwood flowers.

I’m pretty sure this is a Weeping Higan Cherry tree.

One Sunset, many layers and filters. See you all later! ~ ❤

Nature Walk: 4/22/17

 

There is nothing like going to the arboretum to calm the senses. This time I took my mother with me ❤ .

 

 

When taking pictures, I made a point to get the name tags of our subjects. 

 

 

My mothers muse was the weeping Higan cherry.

 

 

These delicate pink flowers made me giddy and feel like a girly girl again, lol.

 

 

And mine was the Cucumber Magnolia.

 

 

We had others as well but…

 

 

We both came back to the Higan cherry one last time before we left.

 

 

All I can say from this experience is that when you feel drawn to visit a place in nature, follow your heart and go. And if anyone else comes to mind, they may want to go too 😉 ❤ .

 

Nature Walk: 4/17/15

 

Sometimes a sudden trip is all we need and the past is one place you can go. Two years ago I made a quick decision to visit friends in Fairfield Iowa. Before we met up, I stopped off at Chautauqua Park. The cherry and redbud trees were in full bloom and the air was filled with the sweet smell of flowers.

 

 

As blooms filled the air,  spring beauties and wood violets speckled the ground.

There were flowers almost everywhere I looked.

 

 

I must have been under this tree for at least an hour, lol.

 

 

After an hour or so at the park, I finally met up with my friends at the town square. There weren’t any flowers there but ourselves ;). See you next week!