The Ojibwe Legend of the Lady Slipper:
Long ago in the northern woods where there was an Ojibwe village, a young girl lived with extended family. One winter the people of the village slowly succumbed to a terrible illness. One by one the villagers fell ill until only the young girl remained healthy. Fortunately they knew a neighboring village had a healing herb but everyone was too ill to travel. The young girl told her family that she would go. In the heart of winter the girl set out and finally made it through a blizzard to the neighboring village. There the community assisted her and provided the needed medicine.
The girl set out for home immediately and found herself in deep snow drifts. Her knowledge of forest travel made her think of how animals free themselves from drifts. She listened carefully to the whispering snow, the rumbling ice, and the dancing northern lights.
She was successful but in the process lost her warm rabbit fur-lined moccasins in the snow. Thinking only of her family and village the girl plunged on through the night. Cold and exhausted she stumbled over the icy snow crystals barefoot. Despite the pain the girl reached the village. Behind her was a blood-stained trail of her footprints.
Sadly, the young girl succumbed to the cold and exhaustion. 😭
In the spring in the spot where she lost the moccasins and along her trail grew wondrous and beautiful flowers. The dainty flowers were pink and white and looked exactly like the moccasins the girl had worn. This flower was called the moccasin flower by the Ojibwe people. Today it is known as the Lady Slipper. These delicate spring flowers remind us of the courage and strength of a young Ojibwe girl who brought healing to her village. 🌸💪🏼💖
Got to escape with my lovely adventure partner Lauren to the Porcupine Mountains for an overnight hiking trip from summit peak to mirror lake to lake of the clouds and back. It's been hard isolating these past few months, so I'm really grateful to have had the opportunity to get out, even just for a few days. Bugnets, mud, and leg cramps. Loved every minute of it 😁
We were missing Dani- but we had a great time yesterday @porcupinemountainscvb The #porcupinemountains Escarpment Trail is not for the faint of heart! Absolutely worth it though- stunning! It was a nice cool day with practically zero bugs! 👍 A little over 8 miles means we slept well last night. 😊
really enjoyed our time in the UP. beautiful hikes, bears, frogs, a little mud, delicious coffee, and the best backpacking partner. reminds me that I love vacations. #marquette#porcupinemountains#views
My favvy time of the year... ⠀
When the tree buds pop and everything turns GREEN! ⠀
“HOPE & ENERGY”🌿⠀
Okay, maybe fall is my fav but ALL the seasons are so I can’t just pick one😜 Basically I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else! I love the big lake #lakesuperior and I’m obsessed with all things U.P. ✨⠀
My goal this summer is to pick more agates, get out on the water, and hike new back country trails. We will probably take many rides on the #africatwin maybe to the #porcupinemountains this weekend! 🌲
What new adventures do you have planned for the summer?
By Steve, @animal_ocean: "During lockdown, I've set up cameras in the garden to try find out about these nightly raiders. I've also slept outside a few times to try see them, which has worked. The YouTube cover image is me in a sleeping bag looking up at the big adult. But I've learnt that there is a family of three, and that only the one adult bothers to climb a maze to get into my veggies. The others however are addicted to butternut! They sit all night on the compost heap, wallowing in all the goodness. I've seen up to 4 individuals at once on the cameras!
I've also discovered that the compost heap is frequented by rats, mice, domestic cats, genets, small grey mongoose, water mongoose, southern bou-bou, doves and sparrows.
Enjoy this short video, showing you some of what I have found. I couldn't help but put the dove taunting the mongoose as the opener; seems like a bad idea dove!" Check out some more of our videos on the Animal Ocean @youtube page 🤗
Happy Halloween y’all 👻 🎃. Here’s an overwhelmingly orange view in celebration of the most hallowed of eves. Nothing screams fall like the the old growth forest of da Porkies fully engulfed with these colors.
Lake of the Clouds resides in Ontonagon County in the Upper Peninsula region of Michigan. It’s nestled within the 58,000 acres of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. The lake is situated in a valley between two ridges and is fed by the Carp River Inlet on the east end of the lake. It’s surrounded by a beautiful virgin old growth wilderness and is the most photographed feature in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. The lake can be viewed most easily by driving to the Lake of the Clouds Overlook at the west end of the 107th Engineers Memorial Highway (M-107). - outdoorphotographer.com #greatlakesmade .