Michigan Dunes Camping Trip — Part Three

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The Beauty of Woods

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Isaac and Brac needed a good rest after our morning hike/climb. To be honest, I did as well. But I also had a strong urge to explore the woods surrounding our campsite, with its winding paths throughout where sunlight was streaming through the trees, illuminating the steps of the few who walked the trails and the vast variety of foliage hidden away beneath.

I’d already used up most of the memory on the camera card I brought with me, so we ventured out to the nearest town and found a big box store where I could buy a new one. With 64 gigs of untouched space inserted into my camera, I set out for a long walk to capture the beauty of the woods in the afternoon light. It was so quiet there. I passed only two people the entire time… the benefit of waiting until late in the year to go camping. So quiet, it felt like my presence was a disturbance to nature’s secret way. But I could not resist the magic of the light found among those trees. So I tread quietly, respectfully and slow. And not one step I took was regretted. I don’t know that I’ve ever been on a lovelier hike or photo walk.

The pictures tell it better than I could. So let them is just what I’ll do…
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“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.”
—Henry David Thoreau
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Part One of our camping trip can be seen here, and Part Two here.

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