Hoar frost on the Lake Leelanau Narrows

The Narrows, photo by Mark Smith “The Narrows” refers to the narrow section between North & South Lake Leelanau between these two joined lakes. The bridge that Mark was standing on yesterday morning to take this stunning photo of the hoarfrost before it burned off was originally constructed in 1864, shortly after the founding of the … Continue reading Hoar frost on the Lake Leelanau Narrows

A Long Way Down … and Happy Birthday Mark!

A Long Way Down, photo by Mark Smith This stunning shot from the Leelanau Conservancy​’s Clay Cliffs Natural Area was taken by Mark Smith. He’s been a big contributor of photos to Michigan in Pictures​ and we’re wishing him a very happy birthday today and hoping Santa brings him all the photography gear his heart … Continue reading A Long Way Down … and Happy Birthday Mark!

On a Clear Day on the Manitou Passage

On a Clear Day, photo by Mark Smith …You can see forever, right out to the Manitou Islands and beyond. This photo by Mark Smith from yesterday afternoon shows just how incredible fall color on the Leelanau Peninsula. It shows South Manitou Island (left) and North Manitou Island on Lake Michigan off the western shore … Continue reading On a Clear Day on the Manitou Passage

Morel Time: 2018 Edition

Twin Morels worth a zoom, photo by Mark Smith Mark took this photo back in May of 2015, but I’m hearing from friends in Leelanau that morels are starting to pop. We’ve had some great rain over the last few days all around Michigan and the temps are about right for morel magic! View Mark’s … Continue reading Morel Time: 2018 Edition

High and Dry in the Leland Harbor

High and Dry, photo by Mark Smith Here’s a cool shot by Mark Smith of the Leland, Michigan harbor mouth that has become choked with sand through the actions of Lake Michigan. The spot where he’s standing is normally 10 feet deep, effectively blocking access to the harbor. Despite federal responsibility for the harbor, things were … Continue reading High and Dry in the Leland Harbor

The Nets Are Off: Michigan’s 2016 Grape Harvest a Success!

The Nets Are Off, photo by Mark Smith The Detroit News reports that 2016 is shaping up to be a great year for Michigan wine grapes: Frigid winters contributed to dismal harvests the past two falls. In 2014, Michigan winemakers lost a majority of their crops to the extreme cold. And last year, up to … Continue reading The Nets Are Off: Michigan’s 2016 Grape Harvest a Success!

Horn Road Orchard

Horn Road Orchard, photo by Mark Smith Up here in the Traverse City area we don’t have cherry blossoms yet, but I’ve been seeing reports that cherries and other fruit crops are in bloom in southwest Michigan. Expect the TC area to bloom in a week or two and please share what you’re seeing in … Continue reading Horn Road Orchard