Winter storm approaching Detroit

Detroit is a wonderful place.  A city that is going through some re-growth challenges with success and seeing a sincere light ahead.  It doesn’t matter whether it’s a winter storm approaching or the opinion of the unaware and inexperienced outsiders, Detroit is strong and maintains its beauty… in the face of everything coming its way and the challenges already undertaken.  This is just a simple photo that, I feel, captures the strength of the city and its solidarity brought together by its people.

November 19, 2016       A view of Detroit from Belle Isle, MI          Nikon D90

Scenic view near the end of Wilderness Park Drive

Scenic view near the end of Wilderness Park Drive

Early morning along the edge of Lake Michigan and the Mackinac Straits.  The full 5-mile stretch of the Mackinac Bridge connecting the tips of Michigan’s lower and upper peninsulas are seen here, along with a passing gull.  No one else was around.  Very quiet with a cold breeze coming off the water.

October 26, 2016          Wilderness State Park, MI          Nikon D90

Hessel Marina at dusk (3)

Hessel Marina at dusk (3)

After taking pictures of the town from the dock, I turned around and saw this beautiful view of the Hessel Marina gazebo, the outer docks, and the vivid reflections.  The day’s final glow along the western horizon was quickly giving way to the night.  The sky was crystal clear and I could see Venus to the left of the gazebo.  An animal, possibly an otter or a mink, swam by just below me.

October 25, 2016          Hessel, MI          Nikon D90

Hessel Marina at dusk (1)

Hessel Marina at dusk (1)

I went to the Marina to take some evening time exposure shots of the town traffic.  This time of year with no tourists and on a Tuesday, though, Hessel is very quiet.  Traffic is but a car or two every few minutes so I instead wanted to capture the essence of just how quiet it can be here.  The dark figures near the water’s edge is a statue of a man and child.  The small reddish glow on the road is from the Islander Bar, the only establishment open this evening, and the reddish dot just above it is the only traffic light, marking the intersection with M134.

October 25, 2016          Hessel, MI          Nikon D90

Morning over Hessel Marina boat launch

Morning over Hessel Marina boat launch

Very few boats at the Marina this time of year.  As I walked by the boat launch I noticed how the morning sun was directly aligned above the walkout and both could be centered in the composition between the sides of the launch.

October 25, 2016          Hessel, MI          Nikon D90

A quiet evening on the porch

A quiet evening on the porch

We sold the house so this is one of the last times I’ll be able to sit on the front porch and enjoy the quiet and the beautiful view of Hessel Bay.  It was a chilly evening but I just put on my heavier jacket.  A few breaks in the clouds at dusk let some post-sunset light peak through on the horizon.  The golden porch light gave a warm softness to the porch rails and overhang.

October 24, 2016          Hessel, MI          Nikon D90

Four gulls on the breakwall

Four gulls on the breakwall

After stopping at Lake Muskallonge then driving west along Lake Superior I headed for Grand Marais.  I’d never been there before but found it a nice town and very comfortable.  After lunch and some good beer at the Dunes Saloon Lake Superior Brewing Co. I headed for the very edge of town toward the breakwall and Lake Superior to see what photo opps lie ahead.  Great waves on Lake Superior, but these gulls didn’t seem to care.  They relaxed atop the breakwall as waves repeatedly splashed along.  The colorful tones of the water and rigid line of the wall made a fun composition.

October 24, 2016          Grand Marais, MI          Nikon D90

The cows made me smile

The cows made me smile

Leaving Sault Ste. Marie, I drove down the eastern coast of the UP because I hadn’t experienced it before.  Beautiful homes, beautiful views of the straits and Lake Nicolet until I reached a point where the roads forced me to head inward.  I happened upon a field at 15 Mile and Riverside where the cows were relaxing in the mid-afternoon grass.  I stopped to take their picture.  And something about the scene and their attitude and how the black one watched my every move and almost seemed to be posing.  It made me smile.

October 23, 2016          Barbeau, MI          Nikon D90