Several years ago I received the book The Song of Hiawatha as a Christmas gift, and though I had read bits and pieces of the epic poem , a few weeks ago I finally got the chance to read the entire thing. It was difficult for me to decide what to make after finishing the book, but after much deliberation, I decided to put some of the text from The Song of Hiawatha over a picture from a recent walk at one of my favorite places in Michigan, Rosy Mound.
First, I chose my picture:
Then, I spent what felt like three years trying to put text over it the way I wanted. I still didn’t quite achieve the look I was looking to create, but I decided the text was going to have to be good enough.
“All your strength is in your union,
All your danger is in discord;
Therefore be at peace henceforward,
And as brothers live together.”
I printed an enlarged copy of the image at Walmart for about $6, and then modge podged it to an art board purchased for around $5 before a 40% off coupon at one of my local craft stores. Below you can sort of see how it turned out, though the lighting isn’t the best:
I am not necessarily in love with how the project turned out, but I do love where the photo was taken, and I really like the passage from The Song of Hiawatha. I often think about the power of human connection when I go on walks through nature, and about how to I can be kinder and more loving to others. A message about unity totally seems fitting for a picture taken at Rosy Mound.
Here are some other pictures I took on the lovely spring day last week:
Hope you got to enjoy some beautiful weather like we had in Michigan over the weekend 🙂
3 thoughts on “Bookspiration: The Song of Hiawatha”
i really enjoyed going to rosy mound yesterday with justin. it was the first time i’d been there and i was a little worried that after all the great stuff you’ve said about it the park wouldn’t live up to the hype, but it was a beautiful walk that resulted in gorgeous views. i’d love to make that a regular place for walking. all those stairs gave me a great workout!
I’m glad you liked it! On weekdays you’ll often go for long bouts of time without seeing another person, and it’s incredibly peaceful.
it was pretty busy on sunday but what do you expect on such a beautiful day? i’d love to go back.