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A Mid-Summer Night's Dream

A favorite 'Up North' sunset
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   It's a beautiful August evening.  The sun has just set, and the deep hues of color in the lower western sky are reflecting off of Lake Leelanau as if it were on fire.  Only a few wispy clouds dot the sky.  The air is still tonight; not so much as a breath of wind.
One of our favorite 'Up North' sunrises--taken in 2010.  A real beauty!

   After a late dinner, I stepped out for a 2-mile walk on our quiet tree-canopied country road.  With slowly fading light, the sky was deepening in its evening colors.  The shadows were growing longer.  With each step along the walk, it seemed as though every tree and every bush for the entire two miles was occupied with tree frogs and peepers.  Lots of them.  Not to be outdone, seeming legions of crickets chimed in all along the way, adding their own music to the otherwise still night air.  The symphony of sound was incredible.  Soon, the ever-darkening sky brought out a large family of bats, darting to and fro all along the way.  Hearing a faint honking sound behind me, I turned in time to see a small flock of Canada Geese flying low overhead in formation directly over me, heading north.

   As if to add to this already pastoral scene, the still air was filled with an aroma unique to a mid-summer night in the Northern Michigan woods.  Sometimes it was spicy-sweet.  Other times it smelled like rich, warm maple syrup that just got put out on the breakfast table.  Soon, we know that the sights and smells and sounds of an Up North woods will give way to a different-but-no-less-gentle landscape, one with the brilliant colors and crisp air of fall.

   For now, we simply relish in the many simple gifts -- sunrises and sunsets -- that God has given us on such a warm and beautiful mid-summer night...the sort of night we'll dream about by the fire, whence comes the colder winds of winter...Up North.

Shannon captured this sunrise just this week while at the cabin on Burt Lake.

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