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Sunday, September 20, 2015
Marquette Never Disappoints Me
Four pines, Presque Isle
I was away for a few days in Marquette, Michigan, where my daughter and daughter-in-law live. It was a short visit, but still I managed to come away with some nice images that I am happy with. Although I am not a native Michigander, I have lived here since 1981. I grew up in the Adirondack region of New York, so the Upper Peninsula is very home-like to me, except that Lake Superior and Lake Michigan- Lake Huron surround much of the UP. Also, much of the UP is pretty flat, and the old, granitic hills in the UP cannot compare with the Adirondacks. However, it's the combined effect of the Great Lakes and the land that make the UP something wonderful, and Marquette sits at the edge of Lake Superior. Presque Isle Park is a gem, offering fantastic views of the lake and the surrounding hills. I never get tired of driving out to the park and doing photography. No two days are alike. I feel empowered by the beauty of nature there, alive, and invigorated, and yet, the grandeur can make me feel insignificant. The drive back home to Ann Arbor is always somewhat melancholy, as I immediately miss being there. I have been going to Marquette County since the early 1980s, and the place has a hold on my heart. Maybe one of these days Adrienne and I will move there and make it our home. It's sure hard to say no.