lake superior

We took a somewhat spontaneous girls’ trip up to Marquette, MI this week, complete with shopping, food, and (of course) tons of pictures. The main stop was Lake Superior where everyone had their turn posing on the rocks, Kardashian style, and then sorority style. The water was freezing; I think I lost all feeling in my toes. It was a beautiful day, inside and out, and my friends are the most beautiful part. We were all full of laughter and when I got home my voice was almost gone from singing (badly, I’ll warn) so much on the way home. It’s days like this that make me realize how great everything really is.

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sunset at greylock

Mount Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts, is the perfect spot for a sunset picnic with friends. Let’s not mention we kidnapped one of the aforementioned friends, ransacked Stop & Shop for an non-cohesive meal of apples and popcorn, and ate in the parked car because early October was already too cold. It was exactly what I needed on that day. Swing dancing. Socks with sandals. Piggy-back rides. The photos are full of sun glares and blur, but they show how it felt to be up there with cold fingers and orange light, the smallness and largeness of the world below us.

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august dawn

Inspired by the Bon Iver song Towers, I took a small six a.m. adventure to photograph in the swampy August dawn. I couldn’t see the shoreline because of the fog, and dew still clung to the leaves and spiderwebs. The light was soft. Purple and pink cast over everything. I sat on the old wooden dock in my sweatpants and Birkenstocks and watched the sun come up. It was so quiet. What they don’t tell you about watching a sunrise is that you have to get there early. Otherwise you miss it—the mist and the purple and the silence.

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