Friday, February 3, 2012

Seen & Unseen - Watershed #3

In a past posting - - July 2, 2011,  basic ideas with lots of facts were shared about watersheds,  especially the watershed for Gardens at Waters East.  Additional postings on the watershed can be found posted on September 9, 2011 and October 17, 2011.  All of these postings have interesting comments and photos.  All encouraged you to look at your own watershed and how it is being treated by others – and by you.

Cana Island Light
north of Gardens at Waters East

Ice Age Trail
six miles from Gardens at Waters East

Ahnapee River
twelve miles north of Gardens at Waters East

Often when you or I walk about, we discover beauties and wonders that take our breath away.  The Earth, your garden, places near and far have wonderful things to see and enjoy.  It is much that way here on the shores of Lake Michigan.  It is a paradise not taken for granted.

StoneWater Beach
private beach
Gardens at Waters East

Mink River Trail
one hour north of Gardens at Waters East

Cave Point
on Lake Michigan
one hour north of Gardens at Waters East

The photos posted today capture just a little of the life here in this watershed.  There is beauty.  There is awe.  There is appreciation.  There is “thankfulness” for all that is.

Khrons Lake
ten miles north of Gardens at Waters East

View over Sister Bay
one hour north of Gardens at Waters East
on Green Bay

Arial view of forward half of The City of Glasgow
built in 1891 - sunk in 1917
located in Lake Michigan close to shore in eight feet of water
one hour north of Gardens at Waters East
(photo by Jim Olson / Lefttern Photography) 

Many people, like you and me, work hard at being good stewards of what we have and that which we enjoy, of our small piece of Earth.  It is important always to remember that it is not just what we see, but also what lies beneath that makes our lands healthy or not.  Our legacy to our children and grandchildren is how we will be remembered.  How we care for the places we walk, the place we call home, the place we garden – will speak volumes to those who follow in our footsteps for generation after generation to come.

Overlook Bluff
Lake Michigan
Gardens at Waters East

There are many good people who are trying hard to pass on a legacy worthy of the noble creatures that we are called to be.  They point out things to be proud of, and things – not so good happening in our watersheds.

Ridges Sanctuary
one and one half hours north of Gardens at Waters East

Below are three of the many groups in this tourist area, who give their hearts to make the watershed for Gardens at Waters East – something to be cherished, respected, cared for, and given in love to those who follow.

September 9, 2011
Gardens at Water East

Check out one or the other.
Great information.  Great commitment.

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  1. Such lovely photos of the great beauty surrounding your home. How true that we all need to preserve the watersheds and the land. It is vitally important for everyone's well-being.

  2. This was a beautiful post, I am glad to have found your blog. I guess I didn't realize you were that far north, I thought you were near Chicago?!

    The cave on Lake Michigan intrigues me. The only place I go near the Lake is @ Navy Pier or in Racine, Wisconsin. Living so close to it for most of my life, I have never seen any of the beauties you have captured, here.
    Thank you!

  3. Jack, these photos are lovely. They also make me homesick for the Shores of Lake Michigan, a much loved part of my life. Living in North Carolina has it's advantages, but the beauty of our area in Wisconsin cannot be equaled.
    Thank your for feeding my fantasy and reminding me of why I need to return.

  4. What beautiful photos! I really enjoy blogs with inspiring nature photography. So glad I found this blog!

  5. Wow! You live in a beautiful place and have a whole lake view as part of your garden. I can't recall anyone else having a lake in all the hundreds of garden blogs I've visited. I like your planting schemes and themes.
    I'll be back to visit. Since I'm a teacher, I can only really visit and read in depth during the summers. School carries a heavy load.
    Thanks for the nice comments on my blog this week.
    David/ Tropical Texana/ Houston, Texas

  6. You do live in a spectacular part of the world and I know you certainly take stewardship very seriously. I'm fortunate enough to live near bushland and get to see wonderful wildlife every day. We make every effort to take special care of our patch and to ensure what we do in the garden doesn't have any lasting ill effects on the environment around us.