The last place on earth, honest

Karma, over there at Karma’s When I Feel Like It Blog, sometimes tempts us with photo hunts.  I’m usually not participating in photo hunts these days, but she truly peaked my interest when she announced her challenge “The End of the Earth.”

Of course, I immediately thought of the following photograph, long tucked away in a forgotten blog folder.  This building exists on the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, which, as everyone knows, is the The Last Place on Earth.

(OK, we sometimes forget that Ontario, Canada, is directly above Lake Superior. Technically, THAT may be the Last Place on Earth, but for USA purposes, this will do, won’t it?

The last place on earth

The last day on earth

It is fascinating to ponder the Last Place on Earth.

The photo up above honors one coyote’s last place on earth in 2009.

We can think of this in many ways, Karma.  (Don’t you love her blogging name?  Karma. Those of us who will someday be contemplating OUR Last Place on Earth might do well to contemplate our karma, even if we’re not going to play her photo hunt game, which is due on August 31st, please and thank you.)

The last reflection

When one gazes at a very large lake (Lake Superior qualifies as a very large lake) one often feels at the last place on earth.

Sky meets water endlessly.  Sometimes reflections tease us.

Other times we feel lonely at the immensity.

Sometimes we’re moved to tears by beauty.

Sometimes we sense that earth meets heaven here at the edge of the known world.

The last time my brother visited the Last Place on Earth, may he visit again soon.

The last place on earth we meet a loved one may be a pivotal place in memory’s coffers.

The last time we hug a mother, a father, a grandmother, a sister…we might honor the sacred soil where our bodies met and hugged fiercely or softly or sadly…  That last place on earth may be seared in our memories, brought forward to rekindle again and again and again.

The last place on earth

There exists a last place on earth where we shall lie covered with autumn leaves.

Or perhaps a last place where our scattered ashes will grow new seeds for future generations of flowers and kindergarteners yet unborn.

The last bench on earth in winter

Sometimes the last place on earth is where we don’t want to be.

We want to be in the first place on earth.

We want to be where it’s warm, where happiness blossoms eternally, where sadness refuses to visit.

I’ve visited the first place on earth, but it doesn’t stay first.  All places on earth continue to transform into something new, sunrise after sunrise, season after unfolding season.

The edge of the known world

Years ago–OK, a couple of years ago–I wrote a blog called “The Edge of the Known World.”  It was written on a frigid February morning as the ice cracked and formed on the Keweenaw Bay (yes, next to the same Keweenaw Peninsula which is the Last Place on Earth, as you’ve learned.)

The post was Freshly Pressed, probably because we’re always intrigued–aren’t we always intrigued?–to contemplate such topics as “the edge of the known world.”

What exists beyond the known?  The pioneer in us wants to find out, doesn’t it?

The very last place on earth. Honest.

Thank you, Ms. Karma, for listening to your inner inspiration which nudges us beyond this middle place on earth where our bare toes feel sand, grass, sidewalk, ferns.

May we all keep our eyes open for all the places on earth–the first, the middle, the last. We mustn’t miss a second of the Magnificence of Being Alive!

(Now, c’mon, you guys, find some pics representing the End of the Earth, post them, and scurry on over to Karma’s to report your entry. You can do it!  Don’t be last…tee hee…)

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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67 Responses to The last place on earth, honest

  1. john says:

    The Last Place on Earth photo must be old, I past it this afternoon and it didn’t look nearly that good.

  2. Joanne says:

    I’ve often contemplated joining in on Karma’s photo challenge, but never seem to get to it! I have a super-duper camera these days (I love it to bits!) so should pay more attention the the challenge. I really don’t think I would find any signs, such as the one on the building you found, which are just the most appropriate wording for this challenge, though. 🙂

  3. Kathy – I love “the last reflection” where “sky meets water endlessly.” I have provided a link here for you to what I want as my last place on earth. It’s in my will and both Len and Eoghan are aware of my wishes. I share this with you because I think you and I may well be like minded in this:

  4. sybil says:

    Poor coyote. Lovely shots.

  5. Sara says:

    What a big challenge! All of your photos suit “the last place on earth” so perfectly, depending on the different interpretations of the phrase. Love the photos!

  6. Dawn says:

    Nice! Now that I have to start a new blog I am going to have to redo my “last place on earth” blog which I had almost done…..sigh….guess I better move along on that!

    • Kathy says:

      I am still so unhappy that you lost your entire blog, Dawn! You must be just fit to be tied. The last thing on earth you wanted to happen…

  7. Kathy, I love this. Wow. I think about death a lot, many times indirectly as just “impermanence”, but it is always here. I love how your post pulled together all the most beautiful and magical and also heartbreaking parts of impermanence to me…wow. Thanks for putting the effort in to make such a wonderful post!

    • Kathy says:

      Jennifer, they say that meditations on impermanence can reveal so much. I am glad you liked this post. It really didn’t take much effort to put it together because the Universe nudged which photos to choose…and whispered which words to use. The Universe says thank you, though.

  8. Brenda Hardie says:

    Kathy…your creativity is amazing! I love how your words and pictures fit the topic so perfectly. You truly have a gift, my dear. 🙂 Where is that “last place on earth” building? I’ve been up that way a few times and cannot remember ever seeing it…and I’m sure it would have stood out to me.

    • Kathy says:

      Brenda, if you read the comment up above you’ll see the truth. It really isn’t MY creativity. I just get out of the way and let the Universe create. If I have any gift at all, it’s that I can get out of the way sometimes. Other times….nah…not so much. Not sure what town it’s in. North of Calumet…before you get to Copper Harbor. Tamarack? Maybe?

  9. Whoa! Some serious icicles on that bench. And I liked what you said in that we should take the time to appreciate life more because many things are impermanent.

  10. Heather says:

    I must be feeling pretty emotional tonight. This blog just hit me in the stomach and made me yearn for the comfort of loved ones whose death I am pre-mourning. Yeesh. Lovely post, and photos – even if I almost cried when I saw the coyote.

    • Kathy says:

      I think I cried when I saw that coyote, Heather, in 2009. It lay right by Carla’s Restaurant in Keweenaw Bay, half way between Baraga and Houghton. The strangest thing…today, after I almost hit the cat I saw two live coyotes! Haven’t seen them in since spring…they may have shown themselves in thanks for posting a picture of their departed brethren.

  11. Jeff Stroud says:


    You have been very reflective lately or is it me who seem to view your blogs that way at the moment!

    I love your journey here, from last place to middle place to first place on earth and back.

    Beautiful land and sea photographs. Touching, reflective and endless! The last place on earth, endless!

    • Kathy says:

      Jeff, I write ALL kinds of blogs here! Sometimes they are reflective, sometimes funny, sometimes stream-of-consciousness writing, sometimes deep. You never know what kind of post will come up on any certain day. I seek to express the All of our infinite beings, and since that’s impossible, you never know what kind of post will appear.

  12. Lori DiNardi says:

    I think I live in the first place on earth, where it’s warm … where it’s beyond warm. 😛

    • Kathy says:

      I want to live in the first place on earth half the year (before it’s BEYOND warm), and the last place on earth the other half of the year. Unfortunately, the hubby likes the last place on earth when it’s freezing and icy, darn him!

  13. lisaspiral says:

    Superior isn’t just A large lake it is THE large lake 🙂 Love the photos. You must have a catalogue system to be able to reference old photos like you do. Hints?

    • Kathy says:

      You are so right, Lisa. LARGE LAKE! Catalogue system, you inquire? OK, here’s how I do it. I have folders on the desktop that says: 2009 Blog, 2010 Blog, 2011 Blog, etc. Every month or two I put all the photos from the blogs in mini-folders within the blog folders. For example, in 2010 I have Jan-Feb, March-April, etc. etc. So, when I want a pertinent folder all I have to do is try to remember approximately when it appeared in blog land! Does this make sense?

  14. CMSmith says:

    Great interpretations. I think I like the one of your brother the best.

  15. Carol says:

    Very nice! I have some photos in a folder for that challenge, just waiting for me to post them. My days keep disappearing though.

    • Kathy says:

      Oh no, Carol! I hope your days don’t COMPLETELY disappear! I think I have TOO much time on my hands these days, as I am blogging like crazy. Maybe it’s just avoiding too much gardening??

  16. Sid Dunnebacke says:

    I’m reminded of the postcard we used to see while at MTU: a highway sign saying End of earth 10, Houghton 15. Or something similar.

    Terrific photos!

    • Kathy says:

      Oh yes, Sid! I remember that post card, too. The person who put that sign on the building was probably thinking about the postcard. Or maybe they designed the postcard, too!

  17. Stacy Lyn says:

    I think I want to be at the last place on earth. An end of the trail kind of thing. I’m tired of traveling, so I think the last place might be the best place. ❤

  18. Robin says:

    Awesome post, Kathy. All of it. I’m so glad you decided to play along. 🙂

  19. Karma says:

    Hi Kathy! I’ve yet to get around to see many of the blog posts that have now been posted for this photo hunt, but I think I may have you to thank for some of the most recent, new names I’m seeing. I love your interpretation of the photo hunt theme. As always, you have beautiful words to go along with the beautiful photos. I have LOTS of blog posts to catch up on after this busy first week back at school! 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Ha ha, Karma, you have to go hunt for your submissions! (Little joke first thing this morning.) Glad to hear you’ve had some new recent names. They may have come from Robin’s post, too, as I shared right after seeing hers. I loved that the words AND photos seemed to dance together at the End of the Earth. Bet you are wayyyy busy! Our school doesn’t start until next Thursday.

  20. What a wonderful and deep way of thinking for Karma’s photo hunt ! I loved reading your thoughts and realized that there was a lot more behind the pictures. The End of the Earth… what a special and interesting interpretation you offered us, Kathy. Thank you.

    • Kathy says:

      I am glad you enjoyed this, Isa. It was fun to find a different kind of interpretation. I loved looking at your Swiss pictures! Your blog always reminds me of my two trips to Switzerland. (And I like your peace-filled energy.)

  21. All your photos definitely represent the theme, Kathy! They are beautiful, especially that last one which reminds me of the beach on Lake Winnipeg near our old cottage. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Withershins, I am glad to have recalled memories of your old cottage. As someone who lost her childhood cottage this past summer (my brother sold it) I can empathize with the gift of beautiful memories.

  22. dearrosie says:

    I’m too late to join the photo challenge. I have a favorite photo I took in Finisterre Spain looking over the ocean and what was thought to be the edge of the known world in the Middle Ages.

  23. Lyn Leahz says:

    Neat pics! I love a lot of the pictoral type posts..LOVE PICS! LOL God bless you!

  24. The last person to comment….that is me…and sometimes, I am really glad to be the last because the comments and your replies add more depth to the original post.
    The brother photo was my favorite….all, however, were woven together as well as any spider would weave her web.

    • Kathy says:

      Oh yes, remembering this post, too! Love it when life weaves her spider web. OK, sometimes it doesn’t feel so lovable. Sometimes it feels confusing and we wish she would just weave in a straight predictable line instead of cross-weaving and doing unpredictable things.

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