Love Nature More (30 Days of Gratitude: Day 5)

I usually do not condone graffiti, but have to admit this inscription on a large rock brought a smile to our faces as my friends and I walked along Lake Superior’s Brighton Beach.

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Lord Byron’s words are fitting, given the fury Lake Superior unleashed just over a week ago, rearranging the shoreline and man-made paths.

Reminders of Lake Superior's power along Brighton Beach

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.”

~ Lord George Gordon Byron, from Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

Lake Superior redecorates Brighton Beach after t

Gratitude for Nature’s gifts, as well as for words that stand the test of time.

~ Kat

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning

The temperatures had already started their downward trend, -8°F with a –28°F wind chill when this photo was taken mid-afternoon from Duluth’s Brighton Beach, as the sea smoke rose from Lake Superior.  The beginning of the far-reaching cold snap had arrived.

Lake Superior's Brighton Beach

Minnesotans may be hardy stock, but this impending deep freeze has even prompted the Governor to close all public schools in the State tomorrow.  A wind chill warning is in effect through noon on Tuesday, with potential wind chills of -50°F.

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
~ John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  ”Beginning” was this week’s theme.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.