It appears that winter has settled in early, as we are due another four to six inches of snow this evening. Amazing how the summer went by, but reappeared at least twice in what should have been fall. I will have been here in the western U.P. eight years this spring and no two years are ever alike by season. A combination of living next to lake superior and global warming. Headed back to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN in a couple of weeks for a day of EMG and ortho consult. As the following day is a holiday (Veteran's Day), I will take the large format cameras and work my way back home slowly. I was very impressed with the rural drive I took from here, especially in the Mississippi valley near Red Wing, MN. Incredible landscapes begging for 4x5 sheet film capture.
“That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruin'd choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou seest the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west,
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death's second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou see'st the glowing of such fire
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the death-bed whereon it must expire
Consumed with that which it was nourish'd by.
This thou perceivest, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long.”
― William Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Sonnets