“When I come up here, and I see that great big straight horizon line, all the crooked thoughts in me straighten out.”
–Reportedly said by Birney Quick about Lake Superior. Mr. Quick was a painter and founder of the Grand Marais Art Colony, along the northshore of Lake Superior, north of Duluth. So reports Lake Superior Magazine in an article by Ada Igoe about Minnesota’s Oldest Art Colony. It’s called “Nurturing Creative Spirits” in case you want to read more.
Yes, Mr. Quick. I know what you mean. Just gazing out at that long line on the horizon can calm our crazy crooked upside-down backwards tangled thoughts. Something bigger than ourselves creeps in and calms us. The lake has that gift.
I should have taken some photos of Lake Superior this morning on my trip up to the Copper Country. I should have known this quote would leap out of a magazine and insist upon being repeated in this blog. But no. So here are a handful of old photos from 2010.
Stare at the horizon. If you have any crooked thoughts, see if they straighten up. See if you’re breathing deeper.