A week of very hot and humid weather for the Northwoods. I traveled briefly over the past weekend to the northern lower peninsula, just south of Traverse City on Lake Michigan and was surprised to find that it was near 20F warmer in the western upper peninsula here at Rauhallinen Farm-a very unusual event indeed. Very glad to live next to Lake Superior in lieu of Lake Michigan, which even in the more northern areas shows it questionable water quality (thanks in great part to the steel mills of Gary, the City of Chicago, and the paper mills of the Kalamazoo River. In fact, at one point in time, the Kalamazoo River, which empties into Lake Michigan, was the most polluted body of water in the United States. I had dinner at an upscale restaurant in Onekama and the superb Whitefish I ordered was in fact listed as fresh from Lake Superior.
As always, the wildflowers of Rauhallinen Farm are an ever-changing palette across the sammer and early fall, such that I can keep studio work going. The sun, heat, bugs, and ongoing care of the gardens and property here just limit my summer work (in addition to my real day job). I photograph tenfold of what I do now in the winter months, which in black and white work, gives me many more options for subject selection in muted lighting conditions. Other than next to the Pacific, the lighting I experienced a few weeks back in California was horrid for the type of landscape work I enjoy. I understand from my son who I was visiting, that the cloud cover and rain happens only in the winter months. I will keep that under consideration for future visits, but felt it imperative to meet my new granddaughter Rose without any longer wait.
“But you know, as I do, that the storm will pass
And that the implacable sun doesn't simply stop
When obscured by a dark, pernicious cloud,
Which is why I know I'll return to your house-
On a Sunday that's there on the calendar-
And laugh with you over a glass of grappa.”
― Mauricio Rosencof