Flashback Friday: Birch Grove (1)

It was October 1984, and I was in small-animal veterinary practice in Ashland, Wisconsin.  The location was our favorite camping spot in the area, called Birch Grove, a dozen miles or so northwest of Ashland, in the Chequamegon (sha-WAH-mih-gun) National Forest.  We had just hiked around the more westerly of the two little lakes between which the campground is beautifully situated in the lovely late afternoon.  Ah, I remember it well!

Birch Grove 10-84-11 Squiddy, balancing on the rock, was about 5½ and Batty, riding in serene comfort on my back, was about 7 months old.  That little dog in front of me, Foxy Lady, was the first of the three best it’s ever been my pleasure to know, and I’m planning to present her in a new post soon.  The slide has deteriorated considerably over the years, and I worked for almost two hours to restore it to as close to its original condition as possible.   CD made this photo, and I’ve loved it ever since I first saw it.

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20 Responses to Flashback Friday: Birch Grove (1)

  1. Vicki says:

    What a delightful silhouette you all make. No wonder you love it. The sun must have been in just the right position to backlight your heads.

  2. What a beautiful memory – it made me smile :).

  3. seekraz says:

    A beautiful keepsake, Gary…what a moment to capture. Well done, CD. :)

  4. Meanderer says:

    A golden moment, Gary. Beautiful.

    • krikitarts says:

      A most apt descriptor, M. I think it was Galen Rowell who came up with the term “Golden Light” for the early and late hours when the sun is very low, and when I hear the term, this is one of the photos that immediately come to mind. Thank you!

  5. Winnie says:

    Sweet photo of a touching moment.

    • krikitarts says:

      I just love going back to that spot nowadays. I manage it nearly once a year, and every time I can do it, the girls–as little ones–and Foxy, of course, are there with me in spirit. I wish I could share more eloquently what a very special place this is been for me, ever since I discovered it, somewhen in the early 1970s. A memory treasure!

  6. settleandchase says:

    This is such a lovely image..a golden moment..very touching indeed!

  7. krikitarts says:

    I can still hear the red-winged blackbirds calling to each other as they flitted around just above the surface of the water. It was truly magical!

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