A MICHIGAN STATE PARK WITH A STORY
SPRING IN THE THUMB & HENRY DAVID THOREAU
"We loiter in winter while it is already spring. In a pleasant spring morning, all men sins are forgiven." Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
"One attraction in coming to the woods to live was I should have leisure and opportunity to see the Spring come in." Henry David Thoreau
"I am on the alert for the first signs of spring, to hear the chance note of some arriving bird, or the striped squirrel's chirp, for his stores must nearly be exhausted, or see the woodchuck venture out of his winter quarters."
HENRY DAVID THOREAU - WALDEN
"Our village life would stagnate if it were not for the unexplored forests and meadows which surround it. We need the tonic of wildness, - to wade some-times in marshes where the bittern and the meadow hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground."
MOOSE OF GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
MOOSE IN THE MORNING - OCTOBER 12, 2017 - GROS VENTRE CAMPGROUND
SMALLER RIVALS - NO THREAT / NO SWEAT
ON LAKE MICHIGAMME IN THE U.P.
NAMED FOR DOCTOR PAUL VAN RIPER
FROM NEARBY CHAMPION, AN OLD MINING TOWN
HIS SON CHARLES VAN RIPER (1905-1994) WAS
A WORLD-FAMOUS SPEECH PATHOLOGIST AND
THE AUTHOR OF "THE NORTHWOODS READER"
(AS CULLY GAGE)
In 1985 and 1987, a total of 59 moose were transplanted from Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada, to a release site six miles north of the park.
Van Riper State Park (1,055 acres) has one-half mile of frontage on Lake Michigamme and one and one-half miles of frontage on the Peshekee River.
(US-41, west of Ishpeming)
"THE SPIRIT OF THIS CITY AND THIS NATION WILL NOT BE DEFEATED; OUR DEEPLY ROOTED FAITH SUSTAINS US." (INSCRIPTION - SURVIVOR TREE)
PICTURES UNEDITED, EXCEPT FOR SIZE / MORE PICTURES FROM GRAND TETON N.P. BELOW
MAKING NICE WITH THE BIG BOY ON THE GROUND.....AND BREAKFAST IN THE PARK
THE BIG BULL - AT LEAST FOR NOW
RESTING IN THE CAMPGROUND
MORE PICTURES - GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
PICTURES UNEDITED, EXCEPT FOR SIZE
YELLOWSTONE MEMORIES - 2017
A VIEW OF THE ROOSEVELT ARCH FROM THE CITY PARK IN GARDINER, MONTANA
A BULL ELK RESTS IN THE CITY PARK WITH HIS HAREM WHILE ONE OF HIS COWS LOOKS ON.
GRAND CANYON OF THE YELLOWSTONE
AMERICAN BISON - ONE OF THE MOST NUMEROUS ANIMALS IN THE PARK
A BULL ELK, RESTING IN THE SHADE OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS, GUARDS HIS HAREM AT MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS.
A YOUNG BULL ELK HANGS OUT IN THE MAMMOTH CAMPGROUND
GOVERNMENT TRAPPERS RETURN FROM CHECKING A LIVE TRAP FOR GRIZZLIES.
AND FIGHTS BRANCHES RATHER THAN LARGER RIVALS.
THE OCTOBER FULL MOON SETS OVER YELLOWSTONE'S DRAMATIC LANDSCAPE.
THE RECENTLY COMPLETED ROOSEVELT ARCH PLAZA IN GARDINER, MONTANA,
IMPROVES AND INTERPRETS THE HISTORIC ENTRANCE TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK.