Amy starts out this week’s challenge with:
This week the photo challenge is about the countryside and/or small towns.
“Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere;
and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself” –author unknown
Here in the Midwest, small towns are often found along the shores of the numerous lakes.
Ephraim, Door County, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan
Bayfield, Wisconsin on Lake Superior
Sometimes you will find a really BIG town on the shores of these lakes, too!
Chicago, Illinois on Lake Michigan
Being from a small town is nothing to be ashamed of. Even if the town’s name is Embarrass…
French fur traders found it difficult to float logs down the meandering river that runs by this town. They would create log jams, hindering the flow of timber to its destination. “Embarrass” in French means “block or hinder”. The Embarrass River and the town of Embarrass is not hiding a dark scandal, after all.
School bus stop, Woodman, Wisconsin
Small towns that can sustain their small populations are wonderful models of the future, not simply relics of the past. Putting humans on the landscape while paying close attention to scale and carrying capacity is a challenge that must be addressed if our species is to survive much longer on this planet.
Great photos! Thank you for introducing the Embarrass town in Wisconsin, Priscilla. Good to know “Embarrass” in French means “block or hinder”. Yes, the scale and carrying capacity is a challenge, good point and well said.
Lovely! I live on such a noisy section of our city and just yearn for something like this. Even just these photos bring a sense of quiet to my world. Thank you, Priscilla. xo
I think I’m totally spoiled now and could never go back to living in Pomona in southern CA. The urban sprawl really gets to me.
Loved your images as well as your closing thought Priscilla. And of course enjoyed the story of Embarrass!
Great post! Love it!
so fun to learn about Embarrass and block or hinder
and this post reminds me as to why I like blogging – I learn so much
and I see cool things like those chairs at the small town bus stop
Glad you liked it!
Love the photos. Interesting about ‘Embarass’.