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Sunday, July 19, 2009
Where I Live: Five Leelanau Elements
Looking for images to meet Flandrum Hill’s midsummer scavenger hunt challenge has been a delightful preoccupation these last few weeks. In the end, I settled on fairly straightforwardly literal interpretations of the five elements--nothing really "outside the box" at all. They are, however, very characteristically Leelanau County images, and all come from very close to my home here at the southern end of Leelanau Township.
I have represented wood with simple white birch trees (ubiquitous northern image) and water (eschewing lake scenes) with cumulous clouds over our old barn. The fire image is of a startling conflagration that surprised us one evening when one of our cherry-growing neighbors burned a huge brush pile of black locust to make way for new orchard. For metal I visited the grave markers of Bohemian iron-workers in the cemetery of nearby St. Wenceslaus church (farms and Lake Michigan dunes in background), while those beautiful fields of color on Kovarik Road gave me a picture of earth.