An after-supper drive through Aura

Whitetail deer and fawn

Tonight, after supper, I took a drive through Aura. 

We kinda live in Aura.  It’s debatable.  Some folks would say we live on Huron Bay.  Others say Aura.  Aura “Proper” where the old post office used to be is maybe three miles away.  To make things more complicated, our mailing address is L’Anse.

“Aura” is the Finnish word for “plow”.  Want to guess who settled in this area in the early 1900’s? Yep, the Finns.  (Anyone wanting to learn more about Aura can click here.)

Running deer...

I actually drove down Saari Road and took pictures of the lake, but thought you might enjoy these first.

Web in the woods

It was a soft quiet warm evening.

Thimbleberry leaves

I meandered part-way in a cedar swamp during the night’s travels, but didn’t go far.  Mosquitoes threatened to eat the photographer alive.

Long fingers of cedar roots

The woods are beautiful at this time of year.

Green moss on stones

The long grasses wave in the breeze.

Waving fields of grasses

There are always treasures to be found–like interesting looking sticks. 

Stick in the sky

Let’s not scare any more deer on the drive home.  How about we roll down the window and let the air blow through the car? 

Ahhh…summer.  It doesn’t get any better than this.

P.S.  I am having fun and trying an experiment in WordPress.  Thanks to Robin over there at Life in the Bogs (on Day 285 of her year-long outdoor commitment!) who informs us it’s possible to write a blog and then schedule to publish it later–when you’re not even at the computer!  I’ll be at work when this publishes, if this works.  8 a.m. on the dot.  Isn’t technology a kick?

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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28 Responses to An after-supper drive through Aura

  1. holessence says:

    Whitetail deer and fawn — extraordinary!

    [I’m going to have to look into that scheduled automatic posting trick]…

  2. Karma says:

    The scheduled post thing is pretty cool. I’m fairly certain that Scott and Michaela use it on a regular basis. I’ve used it a couple times when I wanted a post to publish early in the morning.
    I love your deer and fawn picture. Your evening drive is very refreshing looking.

    • Kathy says:

      Yes, that was my favorite photo, too, Karen although I liked the feeling of running with the blurry deer and how I loved the stick! (Not necessarily the photo, but the stick itself.) It was a refreshing drive. Good when we convince ourselves to leave the house for awhile and explore.

  3. jeffstroud says:

    I agree with Laurie, Whitetail dear and fawn are extraordinary!

    Hey thought you were slowing down on the blogging? And here I find blogs from you almost everyday! Not that I am complaining, I always enjoy the journey with you!

    • Kathy says:

      Oh, Jeff, I try SO HARD not to say what I’m going to be doing because the next moment unfolds and does what it wants to anyway. Do you feel like that, as well? One minute you swear you can’t write a blog for days and the next thing you know you’re writing six or 30 in a row. I am trying to learn never to make a pronouncement. Haven’t learned this yet. 🙂

  4. jeff v says:

    Gotta love those Finns! ( I married one ) Pretty tough and enterprising folk. Heading north for the Jamboree next week. Hope to see you there.

    • Kathy says:

      Will your Finnish wife be coming too? I would love to see the both of you! Will be at the north booth between 2-4 on Saturday. Lookin’ forward to some good old-time music.

      • jeff v says:

        Oh yeah, no way is she going to miss a trip north! She’s really third generation immigrant. Her grandfather worked the Quincy mine and then settled in Kaleva in the lower. We’ll be sure to look you up !

  5. I just love the photo of the mama and baby deer, so sweet! That stick in the sky is pretty interesting, too.
    And yep, I schedule ALL my posts. It’s just easier that way for me, and I won’t miss a day when we’re on vacation or otherwise out of town.

    • Kathy says:

      Isn’t it fascinating how long it takes to really learn all the tricks of a site like WordPress? You know, you blog for three years and finally figure out you can schedule posts. Smile. Happy to know you’re only one state away in your travels.

  6. Brenda Hardie says:

    Hi Kathy, I love the Mama deer and fawn’s beautiful. And the stick in the sky is very unusual. The various shades of green you captured are so rich. Thanks for allowing us to share this journey in the woods with you.
    I’m getting everything ready now for my trip..I leave tomorrow night. My son has all his instructions for the garden and for my dog Chloe…he promises he’ll take good care of them. 🙂
    Enjoy your day today…if your weather is like here, it’s gorgeous today!

    • Kathy says:

      Sometimes I don’t take a lot of pictures in the woods, Brenda, because they don’t always come out like they appear. They aren’t very dramatic. How to capture the way the roots of the cedar feel? Or the way green moss feels? In the shaded dappled areas you’re lucky if the photo just comes out. The deer photo was a real gift. Love that baby fawn! And so appreciate you! Enjoy your trip.

      • Brenda Hardie says:

        Oh Kathy I totally know what you mean…too bad our pictures don’t have “smell o’vision and touch o’vision”…lol Wouldn’t that be awesome! Back when I used to hike along the north shore (MN) I took loads of pictures but not many looked as good as the real thing. And of course, I’m not a professional, nor have I ever had a really good camera either. A relative of mine is a professional photographer (Peter Hawkins if you ever want to look up his work) and he has been able to capture some truly breathtaking shots. There must be a trick to it!
        Thanks! I am so looking forward to my trip!!! ♥ You take good care of yourself and your woods while I’m gone 🙂

  7. Susan D says:

    Refreshing and lovely 🙂

  8. Elisa's Spot says:

    oh i love the deer images ty!
    Much more fun for me!

  9. Carol says:

    Love the photos, especially the mama deer and fawn. They are such pretty animals – as long as they stay away from my yard. Scheduling posts? Hmmm. Perhaps I’ll check it out. Except lately my posts are erratic and done on impulse. No real planning there.

    • Kathy says:

      Spontaneous posts are wonderful, Carol. I suppose the deer are fond of certain species of your plants and flowers? We have a six foot high fence around our garden. A necessity in the woods!

  10. Dawn says:

    I tried the scheduling thing once…it posted a couple of hours after I expected it to..but it posted! I think my internal clock is off (on the computer, not in me)..lovely summer evening you had!

    • Kathy says:

      Dawn, I think there is somewhere in WordPress’s inner workings where you adjust the time. I think mine is set to “Detroit.” It’s always GMT + and -.
      Sometimes it’s great if our inner clock shuts down and we can just spontaneously decide what we want to do. Sigh. Except if we have to work…

  11. Susan Derozier says:

    Kathy – How interesting to me that you were touring “Aura”….your pictures WERE a “visible” aura for me. How beautiful and peaceful and what an amazing moment you shared with the deer and fawn. In my imagination I see all your subjects gathering in the night and planning placement for your visitation with your camera, hoping you will choose them to share with the world. There is nothing more important in this world than eyes that will see. Your eyes not only see but bid us to as well. Thank you for sharing your ride with one who misses her treks into the country. Negotiating frantic traffic with cell phone distracted drivers simply doesn’t offer the same. I, too, love the stick!

    • Kathy says:

      Susan, it’s weird, sometimes when I am posting blogs–especially every day–it feels like the Universe conspires which blog will be written next. I get this idea that seems to come from one of the winds and then the subjects line up to be photographed. Not always. But sometimes. It’s very synchronistic when that happens. (I am glad you liked the stick. Me too.)

  12. barb says:

    Yeah! I think it worked, though I’m reading it nearly 12 hours later. Mary is coming – Mary is coming (on the12th). I can’t wait! I’ll tell her your mosquitoes are bad so maybe she’ll stay longer with me. (However, her husband is already there and is wanting her to be there, too. He is not mentioning mosquitoes…) Now every time I use the parenthesis and dot, dot, dot – I wish I hadn’t.

    • Kathy says:

      You are so lucky that you get another visit with your Mary! You girls are doing a good job of getting together this year. I am waiting for YOUR visit to the Keweenaw. Then–hopefully–I’ll jump in the car and come to visit you. Have fun!

  13. Robin says:

    Your photos are, as always, beautiful. 🙂

    Thank you for the mention and the link. I hope the scheduled post worked out for you and published as planned.

    • Kathy says:

      We have a photo mutual admiration society going, though. I would love to be a little bird perched on your shoulder watching your photo editing process. The scheduled post worked out beautifully!

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