Michigan Fisherman

Michigan Fisherman by Cheryl

Michigan Fisherman by Cheryl

You could definitely do worse than floating in one of Michigan’s lakes this weekend – here’s hoping it’s a great one!

Cheryl took this last August. See more in her massive SUMMER gallery on Flickr.

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Riding the Waves: Baby Duck Edition

Riding the Waves by David Juckett

Riding the Waves by David Juckett

It’s been a while since I added to the world famous Michigan in Pictures Duckie Gallery, so cowabunga everyone!!

David shares that although these little guys were only hatched last week, they seemed to be holding their own in the waves. See more in his Birds gallery on Flickr.

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Birdhouse Beauty

Bird House by Charles Hildebrandt

Bird House by Charles Hildebrandt

Charles got this awesome shot of a birdhouse last week. Head over to “morning” on his Flickr for more including a sweet pic of a pair of birds hanging out on the roof!

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Magician Lake

Sunrise on Magician Lake by Joyce Cole

Sunrise on Magician Lake by Joyce Cole

WKFR Kalamazoo had a feature on some of Michigan’s oddly named lakes that links to my post on Lake Fanny Hooe on the Keweenaw Peninsula. Another lake on their list was Magician Lake near Dowagiac.   This is Magician Lake says in part:

The lake covers approximately 524 acres, is spring fed, has three islands (two accessible only by boat) and an outlet called Silver Creek. For the most part, it is a shallow lake (10-12 feet) with deep holes up to 60 feet deep. The lake is considered to be an “all sports lake” and is in the “excellent” category when it stands up to CLMP standards.

Magician Lake has a rich history that began in the late 1800s. People settled on the north and east shores and on one of the islands, starting up resorts known as Gregory Beach, Happyland, and Maple Island Resort Association. In even earlier days, it was inhabited by the Pokagon Potawatomi who gave it one version of its original name of Silver Lake. Because of its marl bottom that turned white every spring, as well as having springs which made it treacherous to cross with the winter ice, Native Americans also thought the lake to be superstitious or “magical”. Thus, the name evolved into Magician Lake. As with all names, there is also another theory that a group of “magicians” (probably vaudevillians) once lived at Happyland, an old-time resort, and entertained people in the area. Since this was the lake where magicians resided, it became known as Magician Lake.

Joyce took this photo back in August of 2012 and shares the set’s called “Where my feet take me”…….. ok, my arms actually took me out on the lake, but isn’t this a beautiful sunrise?! I just had to stop and soak it all in. See more in her Where my feet take me… gallery on Flickr.

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Two for 2-22-22

Flying Twins by Tate King

Flying Twins by Tate King

I can’t think of a better pic for 2-22-22 than this shot from Tate that I featured 14 years ago. Check out this & others of his most popular photos on Flickr and have a great day!

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Sunset on 2021

Icy Sunset on Torch Lake

Icy Sunset on Torch Lake by T P Mann

“Even the most terrible days eventually have their sunsets.”
-Andrew McFarlane

Since a Google search finds exactly ZERO results for “Even the most terrible days eventually have their sunsets” I am low key happy to close the year with an original quotation that I think is perfect for the end of 2021. Here’s hoping that the unfolding of 2022 will be miles better & that you are all happy, healthy, and with the ones you love in the coming year!

TP took this back in March of 2021. See more in his Torch Lake gallery on Flickr.

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Life is like a mirror

Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it by Fire Fighters Wife

Life is like a mirror by Fire Fighters Wife

“Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it.”

As usual, Beth shares a beautiful thought to go with her equally beautiful photo. See more in her Hello Fall! gallery on Flickr.

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Farlane Friday: Fall Color from Sugar Loaf

Fall Color from Sugar Loaf

Fall Color from Sugar Loaf by Andrew McFarlane

Every so often I like to sprinkle in one of my own photos on Michigan in Pictures, and today is one of those days! I took this photo on October, 22, 2018 at the long-shuttered Sugar Loaf Resort on the Leelanau Peninsula. The ski run was called Devil’s Elbow, and you can see Little Traverse Lake, Lake Michigan, and South Manitou Island & Pyramid Point in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (shout out to the Lakeshore for yesterday’s 51st birthday!)

While the color isn’t as spectacular this year as 2018, it’s still pretty nice. Also, fun fact: when I was 11 years old an out of control man ran me off the left side of the Elbow. I slid over 100′ down a very steep hill, broke my arm & had to be pulled out by a rope with a snowmobile by the Ski Patrol. You know I was right back at it as soon as the arm healed!!

If you want to read the long & depressing saga of the ski area, head over to Sugar Loaf Resort on Leelanau.com!

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Make your heart as a lake

Make your heart as a lake by Fire Fighter's Wife

Make your heart as a lake by Fire Fighter’s Wife

“Make your heart like a lake with a calm, still surface and great depths of kindness.”
-Lao Tzu

Beth took this shot at beautiful little Lake Antoine near Iron Mountain. See more in her 100x 2021 gallery on Flickr!

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The Weather & Fall Color

Mirror Lake in Autumn by Julie Chapa

Mirror Lake in Autumn by Julie Chapa

In their excellent article on The Science of Fall Color, the US Forest Service explains the role of the weather in the annual seasonal show:

The amount and brilliance of the colors that develop in any particular autumn season are related to weather conditions that occur before and during the time the chlorophyll in the leaves is dwindling. Temperature and moisture are the main influences.

A succession of warm, sunny days and cool, crisp but not freezing nights seems to bring about the most spectacular color displays. During these days, lots of sugars are produced in the leaf but the cool nights and the gradual closing of veins going into the leaf prevent these sugars from moving out. These conditions – lots of sugar and light – spur production of the brilliant anthocyanin pigments, which tint reds, purples, and crimson. Because carotenoids are always present in leaves, the yellow and gold colors remain fairly constant from year to year.

The amount of moisture in the soil also affects autumn colors. Like the weather, soil moisture varies greatly from year to year. The countless combinations of these two highly variable factors assure that no two autumns can be exactly alike. A late spring, or a severe summer drought, can delay the onset of fall color by a few weeks. A warm period during fall will also lower the intensity of autumn colors. A warm wet spring, favorable summer weather, and warm sunny fall days with cool nights should produce the most brilliant autumn colors.

Julie took this photo at a small lake near Fife Lake back in 2014. See more in her Michigan gallery & follow Julie Chapa Photography on Facebook.

TONS more fall color on Michigan in Pictures!

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