I have often thought of photographing these doors with the view camera, but the owners don't look like the type of folk that would take kindly to trespassers, so a quick snap with the phone will suffice.
Off to a new year with continued arctic temps and ample snowfall. The kind of weather that keeps our population slim in the Northwoods. I am reminded of this quote that I stumbled upon a few years back:
"It's an edgy place. I mean, in the sense that it still hangs on out there like a rawhide flap of the old frontier, outposted from the swirl of mainstream America. The U.P. is a hard place. A person has to want to hurt a lot to live there".
---- John G. Mitchell, Audubon Magazine, November 1981---
Over the course of my nearing eight years working for the V.A., I have seen many providers come and go-often quite quickly. I suspect living up here starts as a romantic and quaint notion and then after a few months, is followed either by a climatic assault, or perhaps the discovery that the nearest mall is 200 miles south. I have a friend on Flickr-a fellow photographer who lives outside of Anchorage and is a musher. He puts it rather succinctly-"Living here is not for everyone."
Hoping this new year will be a healthy one which sees my shoulder surgery in April at Mayo Clinic get me more than the 30 degree lift I have with my right arm. I would love to be able to fly fish again. Also hoping to keep my status as a cancer survivor.
Another year of art making and tromping around this wilderness-something I never tire of. I plan to continue working until 70, and health permitting, perhaps longer, as I enjoy the balance between work and play. So many of my patients that retire seem to do so poorly.
I had a very unexpected and appreciated birthday surprise yesterday. My best childhood and young adulthood friend, Michael, who has lived in the UP since the early 70's, found this website and wrote me. I am in the process of writing back and looking forward to getting together.
Happy New Year