Blue Hole: Little Miami River
What is a village? A small place, yes, as wide as the world, layered with histories and stories, where you can walk wherever you want to go. In my vision of that place, a river like the Little Miami runs through it, and still water like the Blue Hole remains as transcendent as the day in 1851 when Robert Duncanson painted it.
Big Water: Lake SuperiorI’ve canoed on Lake Superior for almost as many years as I’ve been losing eyesight. I return year after year like a migrating loon to learn the other side of a slow, uncertain process that we could call “going blind.” After 35 years with the lake as my teacher, I know what lies on the other side. I call it letting go of sight. Read my essay Big Water.
Category Archives: Places
The Detroit River Hawk Watch (a joint venture of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and its Friends group, the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie Metropark located approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. The location is at the mouth of the Detroit River as it enters Lake Erie. Continue reading
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area 13531 State Route 2, Oak Harbor, OH 43449 (614) 265-6561 Continue reading
You can see this painting in a darkened, ornate gallery at the Cincinnati Art Museum. And you can see the place depicted here anytime in Clifton Gorge. The scene looks surprisingly close to what Robert Duncanson saw in 1851. Trees have grown back on the hilltop where the painter stood. State park managers have built a fence with pressure-treated lumber at the river’s edge, as if it could keep skinny-dippers or immersion Baptists from wading in the water. But the river’s outflow at the painting’s focal point still looks as primordial and revelatory as the day the last glacier retreated. Continue reading