Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

There’s more to camping than the sheltie-girl


The road to the campground.

If you listen to Katie you’d think that all camping adventures are about her, and I suppose in some respects they are. We don’t do things she doesn’t want to do, and on this last camping trip of the season she didn’t want to do very much, so we stuck close to camp.

Still, there were many beautiful things to show you.

The grass turned color depending on the light.

We made short forays into the deep old growth forests. The air felt cooler to me, but I guess a sheltie-girl’s heavy fur coat made it hot for her, even there, so we didn’t stay very long.

It’s cooler back here in the forest.

The ferns along the forest floor were mostly brown. I don’t know if it’s drought or they had an early frost. No one else seemed to know either. They were still pretty in brown, but I felt kind of sad that their summer was over.

Variations of brown.

Katie and I drove a few miles down the road to visit two lakes, formed when the glaciers slid over Michigan years ago, then melted.

Amazing color, even before the leaves really begin to turn.

The sky was an incredible blue and the lakes were perfectly still. I couldn’t stop shooting images. Katie was pretty patient about the whole thing.

Reflections in the still water were mesmerizing.

It would have been fun to kayak on either of these lakes, and I think you can rent kayaks from the park. But Katie said she wasn’t into boating so we didn’t check that out.

Lilly pads add some color too.

As Katie told you the last night we had a storm blow over, making the sky and even the air turn bright pink.

Pretty in pink.

It was pretty amazing, and the camera caught even more pink than our eyes could see. Everyone was out looking around in wonder.

I’m glad the weather cooperated last week and allowed Katie and me to get one more camping trip in this season. We’ve been so lucky this year; we didn’t get rained out on any of our adventures.

It might be a long winter, but we’re already planning where to camp next spring.

Sky in the water.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

14 thoughts on “There’s more to camping than the sheltie-girl

  1. I am drawn to those lily pads! Beautiful images!


  2. Beautiful pictures! Really love the reflections on the lakes. I agree, spring can’t come soon enough for us tenters!


    • Yes, I’m having camping withdrawal. Though last night here at home it got down to 45 degrees. I’ve camped several springs when the nights were that cold and was miserable, so this morning I’m grateful for my real bed inside my real house with a real furnace! Next week though….it’s supposed to warm up again. Katie wants to know if we can camp one more time. October? Maybe.


  3. Why are the reflections more colorful and sharp than the real image part?


  4. How I love looking at those still lakes! Must have something to do with being land-locked in Central Illinois. And that pink glow after the storm? Stunning!


    • I love those little reflective lakes too. Would have been kind of cool to have a boat with a fisherperson on it to add some interest, but still it was pretty amazing just to be there to see it.


  5. There is nothing wrong with fitting in a few more camping trips. Niecie is begging me to get out a few more times before it gets too much colder at night. I wonder where we shall go? Great photos by the way.


    • Tonight would be a good time to camp. It’s been 81 here and the low is supposed to be 66 tonight. But then another cold front on it’s way and I don’t really want to put up the tent for one night, especially if it’s going to rain.


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