Onamuni, Lake of the Sunset Glow

Onamuni is the Ojibwe name for Lake Vermillion. I was fortunate enough to spend a few days relaxing on a small island in the quiet beauty of this northeastern Minnesota lake.

Lake Vermillion

Lake Vermillion

Onamuni

Onamuni

Called the “Land of 10,00 Lakes” there’s actually over 15,000. Minnesota is the Dakota name for “sky-tinted water”.

Lake Vermillion is dotted with many rocky islands, ranging from tiny to large. We stayed on one about the size of a city block. Here was our view.

the view

the view

an old island

an old island

I could hike around the entire island in just a few minutes.

nature at it's best

nature walk

the woods

the woods

 Visitors occasionally stay in the island’s only building, a house, so nature is pretty much left alone here.

Some of the planet’s oldest rocks are right here.

old rock

old rock

rock and moss

rock and moss

Raspberries were everywhere! You bet I snacked on warm, ripe berries during my stroll.

wild raspberries

wild berries

I noticed lots of bees too.

the bees are back in town

the bees are back in town

pretty purple

pretty in purple

yellow mushroom

look for a fairy

An eagle’s nest takes center stage.

eagle's nest

eagle’s nest

THIS is why the Ojibwe called this lake Onamuni, lake of the sunset glow…

sunset glow

sunset glow

The sound of the waves and the calls of the loon lulled me to sleep every night.

 I’ve seen 21 countries and many states but my Minnesota ranks among the highest in beauty.