A Cool Day at Lake Michigan

My husband and I spent a few hours driving along the west coast of Michigan several days ago.  The skies were a clear, deep blue, and the water was a very icy blue!  Snow was piled at the edge of the beach, deep in some places; the wind was
strong, but the sun was bright and warm on our backs.

We decided to stop at Tunnel Park, near the town of Holland, MI.   At Tunnel Park,
you can walk through a tunnel in the dunes to get to the beach, or you can climb over the dunes on the wooden stairway.  We chose to climb.  Unfortunately, the stairs were
mostly covered with snow, so we had to grip the railing and use a “hand over hand” method of pulling ourselves up the steps!  The other choice would have been to slip backwards down the stairway!  It was good exercise!

And indeed….the view at the top, and down the other side of the dune was worth it!

 

Climbing over the dune at Tunnel Park, Holland, MI.

Climbing over the dune at Tunnel Park, Holland, MI.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Lake Michigan.

Beautiful Lake Michigan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking up from the beach..

Looking up from the beach..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed our cool Lake Michigan trip!   After all, it’s not spring yet here!

Thanks for bearing with my infrequent posts as I struggle to keep up two blogs and
one photo class….a second photo class begins soon.  I appreciate all of you!

 

If you’re interested in seeing my classwork…my other blog is:

http://dancingwithlightandshadow.wordpress.com

Thanks for visiting!  Hugs to all….xoxo
Judy

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Close

As we cruised down Lakeshore Drive on a beautiful day this week, the beach was full of people enjoying the weather and the water.

Behind them, the buildings of Chicago were closely knit together, forming a crisp architectural backdrop,  and a textural contrast to the soft sand and rolling waves.

Chicago from Lakeshore Drive~ Contrasting the hardscape buildings in the background with the soft foreground of sand and water. Also noting the close proximity of the buildings.

Thanks for stopping by!

Judy

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.
– Thomas Jefferson 

School friends together “Up North” in MIchigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Thanks to all the friends who’ve made my life full of Sunshine!  I love you!

Judy

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer

When I think of summer, I think of going to Lake Michigan.  Our daughter and her husband live there and it’s fun to visit them for a day or two. (hope they agree!)  The beautiful beach is five minutes away,  the pier is a great place to walk,  and even the ice cream tastes better!

Sunsets are gorgeous over the lake……but this photo shows the setting sun’s reflection on clouds in the eastern sky.  It was a double delight that night!

The setting sun reflects on the clouds in the eastern sky.

It’s time to enjoy summer!  Yay!

Judy

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Water Dragon Weekly Sunday Post: Light

 I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being. ~Hafiz 

Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

I was in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on Lake Michigan when I took this photo.  It was in the late afternoon and the sky had darkened as if a storm was coming.  Quietly the sky opened, and the rays of the sun slipped through, sliding down and splashing onto the calm lake, spreading the light to everyone.

I was very inspired by this scene.  After taking my photo, I sat and watched the clouds for a few more minutes, as they shifted and changed, the light moving and changing its position on the water.

I thought how dark it had been, and in an instant there was light reaching toward the earth.  It reminded me of an old song: “You’ll Never Walk Alone” :  “Don’t be afraid of the dark, at the end of the storm, there’s a golden sky, and the sweet silver song of the lark..”

I love this quote:
Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.  ~Norman B. Rice

With this week’s Water Dragon Sunday posts, may we spread the light from blog to blog, all around the world….

Judy

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Safe Harbor

Good evening friends,

I love this little harbor.  This is Fayette Historic State Park’s harbor in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Fayette is a former townsite where pig iron was manufactured and then shipped to steel companies in the Great Lakes area. The town was bustling from 1867-1891.  Several homes in townsite have been restored, as well as the hotel, and a building describing the pig iron manufacturing business.  There are 19 buildings onsite in all.  There is a campground, a picnic area, and trails to walk alongside the harbor and Sand Bay in Lake Michigan.

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If you would like to learn more about Fayette Historic State Park, click here.

Thanks for reading and good night….
Judy
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