Sunday, August 8, 2010


Wandering around Wilderness State Park, I came across this family.
I wasn't really sure what kind of bird it is, though it has been suggested,
that they are Sawbills or Red-breasted Merganser. I tried to get a photo
without disturbing them, but it was not to be. They ended up in the water, even
though I started backing up when they stood up. The last I saw of them,
they were swimming around a small point.
I would have liked to get some more photos.

Since we were in Mackinac City, I had to get a photo of the bridge.
A 3 minute exposure from Wednesday evening at 10 pm.

The old Mackinac City Lighthouse. It's too bad
they don't light it up anymore, but the ground
lights make some nice shadows.

We spent a few days up north in Mackinac City. Even though it is a prime tourist trap, we still enjoy it. My back was giving me problems, so it was a quiet trip. I got out a little bit with the camera, but not near enough as I normally would.

I spent a couple hours driving around Wilderness State Park, scouting out locations for the next time I came up. I did find a few spots I want to go back to, when I can spend the time. On the way to the park, I stopped at the new lighthouse open to the public, the McGulpin Point Lighthouse. Recently bought by Emmet County from a private party, it's been opened to the public while it's being restored. A pretty building, but surrounded by trees. It will be difficult to photograph, and I didn't get a chance to go back and try.

Since I could sit on the beach, I did get out a couple evenings to photograph the bridge. While it is over photographed, even by me, I still like to try to get a different take on it. Plus sitting by the water, listening to the waves, while the stars come out, always relaxes me. One evening, I watched a thunderstorm across the water for a while after I was done with the bridge. The storm stayed north, across in the Upper Peninsula, but I could see the glow of the clouds and hear the thunder. For some reason, thunderstorms and the rain are soothing.

We made it over to Mackinac Island for a few hours. I took it slow and was able to enjoy the trip. I had my camera with me, but nothing really struck me, and I didn't take many photographs.

An enjoyable few days overall, even with me having to take it easy. Now it's back to the real job again tomorrow. Sigh...


Katie Weller said...

I don't know why thunderstorms are so soothing. Thunder is almost like the sound of a cat purring... A very large cat.

When the weather isnt too severe I like to go stand out under the overhang of the garage roof, listening to the noise un-muffled by walls, tv, appliances, etc.

- said...

Nice photos and stories, it was nice stop by your blog. keep the nice post.

Anonymous said...

Nice pics. Well unk I don't think Project 365 and I get along very well....LOL. Surprise!!!! Not! I need to find a new thing to blog about , I'm bored!!!! LOL