Gathering Place by Rodney Martin
This Saturday Woodland Studies, a small exhibition of black and white photographs by Grand Rapids photographer Rodney Martin, will be available for viewing at the Glen Arbor Arts Center. Rodney is a photographer who has been featured in the past on Michigan in Pictures, and we’re excited to see his latest work! The GAAA writes:
Martin focuses his lens on the landscape. For the images in Woodland Studies, he zeros in on rivers, woods and orchards in Benzie, Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties. His images were created in all four seasons; but they are related by the quiet and solitude he frames. There is little evidence of human habitation in these scenes. Instead, the images are studies of shadow and texture, shades of gray, and the deep and refreshing beauty of places off the beaten path.
Woodland Studies can be viewed in the GAAC Lobby Gallery or on the GAAC website starting this Saturday (January 7th).
Regarding this photo, Rodney shares:
I came across this gathering of roots three years ago when visiting the Teichner Preserve on Lime Lake near Maple City, Michigan. I returned four or five times over the past three years looking for the right angle to get the compelling image I wanted. I finally found it on my second visit this year. I call the image “Gathering Place.” The image speaks to me about community. I have been asked whether I warped this image to make the trees spread out from the middle. I did not. Nature did. The trees on the very left of the image hang out over Lime Lake. I suspect that in a few years the trees on the left will succumb to the waves that eat away at the shoreline and then fall into the lake.
Head over to his website for more pics including a really cool 2021 year in review!
Little Sable Lighthouse 4 by kmoyerus
Visit Ludington explains that Little Sable Point Lighthouse was originally named Petite Pointe Au Sable:
Located in the Silver Lake State Park at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes, the Little Sable Point Lighthouse is a 107′ brick structure, constructed in 1874. This lighthouse is one of the tallest in the state of Michigan at over 100 feet and 130 steps to climb the tower. About 30 miles north, you can visit the other “Point” along Lake Michigan which is home to the Big Sable Point Lighthouse located within the Ludington State Park.
…it cost $35,000 to build and contained 3 rooms. The rare third order Fresnel lens emitted a constant white light, and flashed a brighter light at set intervals, visible 19 miles into Lake Michigan.
The early 1900s saw some changes to the lighthouse. In 1900 the tower was painted white, and an access road and storage building were added in 1902. The name was changed in 1910 to Little Sable Point Lighthouse, meaning “little point of sand,” representing its location which juts into Lake Michigan. In 1977, the tower paint was removed and the original brick exposed.
Over the years, the lighthouse has had 15 keepers; and for one month, a woman took over when the original keeper took a temporary leave. The Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association took over the maintenance of the lighthouse in 2005, and it is open to the public from late May to late September.
The Light probably looked much the same in the 1870s as it did when kmoyerus took the photo in early May. See more in their Oceana County gallery on Flickr.
The Sign by Fire Fighter’s Wife
“The sign says do not enter, no trespassing allowed. With visions of redemption I walk against the crowd.”
As usual, Beth shares a beautiful thought to ponder with an equally gorgeous photo. Head over to her Flickr for more!
Window Cake by Peter Kelly
For some of us, social distancing has been a thing for weeks, but with Governor Whitmer’s executive order yesterday restricting non-essential travel, a lot more of us will be making window cake for the next three weeks. Stay safe everyone!
You can see more in Peter’s The Henry Ford set on Flickr & see lots more portraits on Michigan in Pictures.
Untitled, photo by Ron Smith
View the photo background big, see more in Ron’s Up North slideshow, and follow him on Instagram @RonSmith.
More black & white photography & more from Charlevoix on Michigan in Pictures.
Alley Adventures, photo by Jerry James
Jerry writes Tonight’s image is brought to you by the darker side of reality. Things are not always sunsets and rainbows. Shot taken with the Olympus EM5 Mark II and the Rokinon 7.5mm fisheye in grand rapids, Michigan
View his photo bigger, view work and read his thoughts on his website, and definitely check out Jerry’s slideshow for more!
Warren Dunes, photo by Mark Swanson
Warren Dunes State Park has three miles of shoreline and six miles of hiking trails on nearly 2000 acres. It is open year-round, and the centerpiece is the dune formation that rises 260 feet above the lake and offers spectacular views. It’s also our busiest state park!
View Mark’s photo bigger and see more in his Michigan – Black & White slideshow.
More about Edward K Warren & Warren Dunes on Michigan in Pictures.
Turbulence (Manido Falls, Porcupine Mountain), photo by Jiqing Fan
The Waterfall Record’s entry for Manido Falls says:
Manido Falls did not impress me at first, at least not as much as the downstream Manabezho Falls. After seeing the pictures I had taken, though, I discovered what an amazingly beautiful waterfall Manido Falls is. Its beauty comes from its complexity. The waterfall itself is not very tall at all. It is wide, though. As the Presque Isle River tumbles down toward Lake Superior, it comes to this set of rocks that create a beautifully cascading waterfall. I think what makes me like Manido Falls so much is that the water has taken such an interesting course here, erosion taking its effect in an oddly unique way.
Add to it that the just as spectacular Manabezho Falls is only hundreds of yards away, and Lake Superior not much more distant, this makes for one of the most beautiful waterfall stretches in the Upper Peninsula.
Visit #2: When my father and I visited Mandido Falls in late September 2010, the falls looked completely different due to the significant amounts of rainfall in the weeks previous.
Read on for directions and some photos.
View Jiqing Fan’s photo bigger and see more in his Houghton & UP MI slideshow.
More black & white photography and (many) more Michigan waterfalls on Michigan in Pictures!
“Don’t Forget Why You Have Today Off Work, photo by J.M.Barclay
Indeed. Enjoy your extra weekend day but take some time to remember the incredible sacrifices that have been made for our nation.
View J.M.’s photo bigger and see more in his slideshow.
Mackinac Bridge, Michigan by Zack Schindler
Zack says that he shot this in B&W with the red filter turned on in the X-E1.
View it big as the sky and see more in his My Other Stuff slideshow.
More black & white photography on Michigan in Pictures.