Portals at Asylum Lake

On Thanksgiving, David and I took a hike at one of our favorite spots in Kalamazoo — Asylum Lake Preserve. We always find portals and magical spots, and Thursday was no exception. Here are some that David managed to catch on his iPhone.

We call this one “The Ganesha Tree,” and he opens the way to one of the trails. Can you see the elephant eye, ears, leg, and trunk? I think it looks even more like Ganesha from the other side, but the lighting worked better this way.


You can see the smaller of the two lakes behind me (above), and the larger of the two lakes below:


We also saw some amazing faery portals:




I’m not sure what’s up with that tree, but in person it looks like it holds an entire universe in its trunk. I felt it before I saw it, and we needed to go off trail to take this photo. The setting sun brought flickering shadows that added to the effect.

I’ll leave you with a gateway below that charmed us coming and going:


So much gratitude for the beauty and magic here! Happy faeries, one and all!


15 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by manyhahama1955 on November 25, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Wow, beautiful! You look darling….love your outfit. I am so grateful for your presence in the world! hugs to you!

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  2. Oh, thank you so much, Sophia! ❤ and hugs


  3. Toll Pix(*L*) !!!!!!!

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  4. Vielen Dank!

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  5. Sehr gerne !!!

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  6. Wow Laura! That tree does look like it holds an entire universe. Perfect Tree of Life. Awesome nature preserve! I’m so jealous. 😉

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  7. Yes, James. In person, it looked like a rotating, pulsing Tree of Life in that ball of the trunk. Amazing feeling and visual. We are so happy to live here. Being Nature deprived for so long really makes you appreciate it even more when you can get there in just a few minutes. 🙂

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  8. Not that we didn’t have Nature in Goshen. We did, in our yard, and there were trails, but not like here. Faeries know they are welcome here. It makes a huge difference!

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  10. I know exactly what you mean. I too feel lucky to be surrounded by nature now. I even have a young buck that frequents my yard so much I have named him Ragnar. I planted a young pear tree and he has claimed my yard by rubbing is new horns on that tree. It broke a branch or two, but the tree will be fine. I saw it as a welcome home sign. 😊

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  11. Posted by Kieron on November 26, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Unsurprisingly, several small faces seem to be peering out from the shadowed side of that big, jagged tree stump. 🙂

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  12. Yes! So true, Kieron. There were so many presences in that wood, twilight in the trees, thought not quite so in the open. 🙂


  13. Big welcome home sign for a wizard such as yourself! 🙂

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  14. Posted by Nikkoale on November 26, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Wow. Thank you for sharing these, Laura. Love those portals! I find something new each time I go out in the Garden… especially the expressions from the Trees. ❤

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  15. You’re welcome, Nikkoale, and thank you for all the windows into your magical land! ❤


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