Not many people, lots of trees… Well, the year 2020 rolled to a close, and as we all seem to agree, it wasn’t a great year. There were a lot of losses for me – several old friends died, plans for a “travel year” dissolved, the kids have all moved out, and the passion for software development has faded. But still, the opportunity for growth and change is always there. My photography has changed a bit too. While I won’t use the trope of saying I had to do more with less, I did have to strive a bit more to discover scenes that drew me in and made me want to find an image I wanted to share. This year I spent more time learning and admiring the real experts at macro and floral photography. I’ve always been one to stop and admire how nature surrounds us with beauty, so why not get close up? I read and watched the work of Janice Sullivan and Harold Ross, two masters at the game. In the end, I did come up with a few macros in my top images. I also love to play around with filters. My father was an excellent artist. Watching him make sketches and designs always fascinated me as a kid. Unfortunately, that gene skipped me, and I can hardly draw a box. But I still can see the potential. So, getting out my Topaz filters and adding some impressionistic vibe or just breaking an image down…
Wind and water form ever-changing art at the base of Barton Dam
February in the mid-west, and it’s finally gotten really cold here in the last week or two. When winter temperatures take a deep dive like this, we Great Lakes photographers know to head out looking for beautiful ice.
A selection of my favorite images from Shorelines
Our trip to Acadia National Park in Maine.
In 2018 I traveled to Yellowstone National Park with a group of photographer friends. We explored this vast and wonderful space for 5 days taking in the unique wonder of the caldera of a supervolcano.
Crosswinds Marsh is a beautiful nature preserve spanning over 1000 acres of woodland, ponds and wetlands. There’s no way to guess that it used to be farmland.
Peonies at Nichols Arboretum
On to the Tip of the Thumb After a wet and dreary morning of exploring the outback of Michigan’s Thumb area (see the previous post), we moved north towards the tip of the peninsula for some historic lighthouse architecture. We soon arrived at one of the oldest lighthouses on the Great Lakes and were greeted with bright sunshine and blue skies. Origin of Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse Located southeast of Port Austin, Michigan, Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse marks the point between lower Lake Huron to the east and Saginaw Bay to the west. The desired location for the building was on the point that bears its name at the tip of the Thumb. But practicality prevailed and instead, it was eventually sited 4.5 miles to the east overlooking Lake Huron. Before the lighthouse’s construction, ships had to navigate unaided from Fort Gratiot at the southern end of the lake, to Thunder Bay 150 miles to the north. The lakes can be very dangerous, with hurricane force winds sweeping across them in the winter months and unpredictable thunderstorms in the summer. The lighthouse was built to warn ship of a dangerous rocky reef, covered by a mere two feet of water, that juts out from the point almost two miles into the lake. This makes the name of the point, which translates to “Point of Little Boats”, make a little more sense because larger ships would be smashed on the rocks. In addition to marking the reef, the lighthouse also acts as a turning point for ships…