Windy morning on Lake Superior

It had rained hard during the night and started clearing around sunrise.  The breaking clouds were beautiful blues, grays, and soft orange tones as they swiftly blew in off of Lake Superior.  White caps on the choppy waves could be seen far out onto the lake and as they rushed ashore.  Grand Marias’s north light station is on the horizon.  With this image, I wanted to capture the vastness of the view I had, of the broad expanse of the lake and big sky.

Lake Superior, Grand Marais, MI
September 29, 2018
Nikon D90

Before the sunrise (2)

Before the sunrise (2)

Looking at the dawn across the beach and pier I liked the soft glow of the lamps on the beach and walkway in the foreground, giving way to the darkness that’s out of reach, the green bench highlighted in seclusion under the lamp on the pier, then the beautiful colors in the pre-sunrise sky.  The clouds added texture and a bit of drama to the sky as they reach across my view.

February 21, 2016          Luna Pier, MI          Nikon D90

Before the sunrise (1)

Before the sunrise (1)

One of my favorite spots for sunrises is Luna Pier, on Lake Erie close to the Ohio border.  They recently added this mock lighthouse that enhances the quaint Michigan feel to the already nicely kept pier and beach.  I came out expecting to catch some good sunrise color and cloud textures (from looking at Weather.com the night before) and was not disappointed.  As soon as I parked my Jeep I took the opportunity to catch this view of the lighthouse with the dawn’s early glow behind it.

February 21, 2016          Luna Pier, MI          Nikon D90

 

Sandhill cranes sunrise flight (5)

Sandhill cranes sunrise flight (5)

Sandhill cranes migrate south every fall, making the Michigan Audobon Haehnle Bird Sanctuary one of their stopping points.  Thousands of sandhills begin to chatter, a few in the distance to the left, some more to the right, even before the sun rises on this cold morning.  In small groups, they begin their day’s journey, many of them heading for a breakfast stop in nearby fields before continuing.  These three cranes were at the front of their small pack.  I followed them with my camera from when I first saw them far across the marsh in front of me and as they crossed the sky to my left, catching them just as they flew behind some trees.

November 14, 2015           Michigan Audobon Haehnle Bird Sanctuary, northeast of Jackson, MI          Nikon D90