in Rusk County of northwest Wisconsin
For more photos of the Blue Hills area go to the "Autumn Splendor" gallery and "Devil's Kettle and Gundy"s Canyon" and "Audie Lake and Perch Lake"
The Blue Hills, made of quarzite bedrock, were once a mountain range, older than both the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains. The peaks have been worn down by millions of years of erosion. The last glacier went no further than the Blue Hills area, leaving a legacy of scattered lakes, fertile ground for a productive forest, abundant wildlife and tremendous scenery. Mother Nature provides a scenic mixture of thirty different tree specimen that showcase breathtaking displays throughout the various seasons. Hikers, runners, fishing enthusiasts, mountain bicyclists, fall hunters and cross country skier's marvel at the beautiful scenic views.
In short, the Blue Hills in northern Wisconsin are a special place, and the people who live there consider themselves very blessed.
For images of the Apostle Island's Ice Caves please follow this link: http://www.soulcenteredphotography.net/p938037670
Lake Superior (French: Lac Supérieur) is the largest of the Great Lakes of North America. The lake is shared by Canada's Ontario and the United State's Minnesota to the north and west, and Wisconsin and Michigan to the south. It is generally considered the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area. It is the world's third-largest freshwater lake by volume and the largest by volume in North America.
The Native American name is "Gitche Gumee" (Big Water).
Most recent images are at the beginning.
For more Lake Superior images see also the "Winter galleries" and "Black & White"
Morgan Falls is one of my favorite places where magic lives, hidden away in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, near Mellen, WI. It is the state's second highest falls (70 ft) and tumbles down a rock face in steps. It is an intimate place and if you believe in trolls, fairies or 'little people' you surely find them there. It is an easy, short walk from the parking lot along Morgan Creek.
The next place to visit is St. Peter's Dome.
There is so much to see on the 45 minute hike - moss covered rocks, tree roots, little streams and creeks. My favorite time to visit this beautiful place is in the spring as the whole forest floor is carpeted with various wildflowers like Dutchman's Breeches, Merrybells, Trilliums etc. On St. Peter's Dome the world opens up. A clear day reveals Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands 20 miles to the north. The top is 400 ft above the starting point. St. Peter's Dome is a granite dome created during a billion-year-old mountain building phase that saw huge fissures open in the earth's crust. Molten rock welled up from the mantle, forming features like St. Peter's.
Art offers an opening for the heart.
Scientific research suggests that nature art in hospitals and clinics promotes healing and facilitates positive outcome. Viewing nature scenes serves as a distraction for the patients and reduces stress and anxiety. There is evidence that it lowers blood pressure, reduces the need for pain medication and increases patient's confidence and trust. The staff also greatly benefits from the arts as it creates a better work environment and gives them a chance to relax and rejuvinate in an intense and stressful work place.
The arts can also provide comfort and a positive distraction for visitors who spend many hours waiting for loved ones during times of uncertainty.
The preferred art in hospitals is nature landscapes, but also animals and other nature scenes.
Being in nature has always been a big part in my life and helps me to unplug, unwind and be at peace. In my younger years it brought healing to my mind and was the best "medicine". I would spend many hours by myself in the woodlands in my surroundings, walking barefoot and listening to the sounds of the forest.
With my photography I want to offer a way of bringing the healing power of nature into people's homes at an affordable price.
I hope you will discover some of the "good medicine" in this selection that I felt fits the healing art category.
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For more photos of the Blue Hills area view this gallery: http://www.soulcenteredphotography.net/p466043548
"Felsenmeer" is a german word for "sea of rocks". The Blue Hills felsenmeer is the most famous in the area and was created at the time of the last glaciation. Felsenmeers are formed when large boulders shatter in place due to freezing/thawing. It is 82 feet deep and 1000 ft long. The air in the valley bottom is several degrees cooler. Because of the unique geology and plants growing there the Felsenmeer has been a State Natural Area since 1969. No logging and vehicles are allowed on the 75 acres.