Category Archives: Northwest Michigan

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More Scenes from Northwest Michigan

Yesterday I posted some photos of the trilliums and other wildflowers from the Sleeping Bear area a couple weeks ago.  Today I’ll share some of the other things from that outing. I had read that there was a covered bridge just north of Lake Ann, but had never seen it.  Well, I found it.     Here are some views of the trail and from […]

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Lots of Trilliums and other Spring Wild Flowers

I was hiking in the Sleeping Bear area of northwest Michigan a couple weeks ago and saw lots of trilliums and other spring flowers.  They were wide-spread throughout the park.  Here are some of the photos from the trip.             There were other wildflowers, too.           All of these were growing on a trail to Lake […]

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So Many Stars

Last Friday night up at Duck Lake, the sky was very clear and there more stars than I’ve seen in a long time.  I had to get some photographs of them.  Here I present them in three formats. The first is a simple photo of the stars.  Click on the image to see larger. The second way is as a time-lapse of the stars moving […]

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Seven Bridges

There is a small nature area on Valley Rd about 3 or 4 miles east of Rapid City, MI, called Seven Bridges.  The Rapid River divides into several small streams that flow through the area.  There are several bridges across these streams, but I have not found seven of them.  However, it is a wonderful place.  It has always been cool and quiet in the […]

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Hiking Around the Sleeping Bear Dunes

Last weekend I visited a few places around the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore in the areas near Empire and Glen Arbor.  Even in the winter, this is a beautiful place. The first stop was along the Platte River, just before it empties into Lake Michigan.  At the end of Lake Michigan Road is a parking lot with access to the river and Lake Michigan.  There […]

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High Rollaway

I think we hit the peak color in NW Michigan last weekend.  Although the color wasn’t as vivid as in some years, it was still beautiful.  We made a trip to High Rollaway to the overlook of the Manistee River.  We hiked the North Country Trail in both directions a short ways, but this is the best vantage point. There were many more great views, […]

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Something to Whet your Appetite

We are starting to get some color in the north Michigan woods.  It is just a few trees here and there, nothing wide-spread, yet.  It’s coming.  It will be here soon. But, just to whet the appetite, here are some photos from last weekend’s tour through the woods. I hope to get back up there in a couple weeks and see spectacular color.  I hope […]

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Sunset on Green Lake

Rose and I decided to go over to Green Lake to watch the sunset on Saturday.  We sat on the dock at the boat launch as the sun set.  It wasn’t the most spectacular sunset we’ve seen, but it was peaceful, calm, and very relaxing.  A couple boats came in after listening to the concert at ICA. Here is a short time-lapse video of the […]

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Old Mission Winery Tour

Rose and I headed up the Old Mission Peninsula a couple weeks ago.  We hadn’t done any winery tour on that peninsula in a few years, so we wanted to check out a new winery and some old favorites. First stop was a new winery, Mari Vineyards.  The tasting room has a couple interesting features, a mosaic made from corks and a bar-top and all […]

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TC Commons Tour

Rose and I did the guided historic tour at TC Commons, formerly the TC State Hospital.  Wonderful tour.  It is such a great story, both the building of the facility and the renovation that is currently underway. See the gallery of photos here. Mark

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