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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Bear Lake Sunrise

Sunrise Reflection Bear Lake Michigan by Mike Carey

Sunrise Reflection Bear Lake Michigan by Mike Carey

Good morning Michigan! Here’s a gorgeous shot Mike took a week ago at Bear Lake! See more in his Bear Lake 2021 gallery & have an awesome weekend!

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Sunset on the Summer

Labor Day Sunset by Dan Gaken

Labor Day Sunset by Dan Gaken

Well we’ve reached the end of summer 2021. I hope you had a good one & that you get a chance to get out to grab one last bite of Michigan summer goodness!

Dan took this photo back on Labor Day 2019 in West Branch. See more in his massive Life in Michigan gallery.

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Evening

Evening by Emanuel Dragoi

Evening by Emanuel Dragoi

Emanuel captured this idyllic scene back in June. See more in his Michigan album on Flickr.

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Michigan Lake Appreciation: Glen Lake edition

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Sunglow over Glen Lake by Owen Weber

Sunglow over Glen Lake by Owen Weber

While Minnesota gets a lot of mileage out of their “Land of 10,000 Lakes” slogan, Michigan has over 10,000 lakes larger than 5 acres. Clean Water Action of Michigan has been working to draw attention to our incredible good fortune with an incredible Twitter thread of Michigan’s largest lakes.  

Big & Little Glen Lake check in at #18 on the list of Michigan’s largest inland lakes or 23 if you include the 4 Great Lakes & Lake St. Clair. Glen Lake is 6265 acres (9.8 square miles) with 17 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 130 feet. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore page on Glen Lake says:

Glen Lake, with its remarkably blue waters, is famous for its beauty. The lake appears divided into two parts by the constriction at the “narrows” bridge. The two parts are Little Glen Lake in the foreground, only 12 feet deep, and Big Glen Lake, beyond the M-22 bridge, about 130 feet deep. Glen Lake used to be connected to ancestral Lake Michigan. Glacial erosion carved out both lakes during the Ice Age. In post-glacial times, a sand bar developed, separating Glen Lake from Lake Michigan. Both the D.H. Day Campground and the village of Glen Arbor are located on that sandbar. The flat terrain and proximity to Lake Michigan made it a desirable site for these developments.

Check the lakes out at #LakesAppreciation on Twitter! & learn more about Clean Water Action Michigan on their website.

Owen took this photo a few years ago from atop the Sleeping Bear Dunes. See more in his Michigan gallery on Flickr & view and purchase prints at OwenWeberPhotography.com

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Crepuscular rays over Sunday Lake

Crepuscular rays over Sunday Lake by Michigan Nut Photography

Crepuscular rays over Sunday Lake by Michigan Nut Photography

The Atmospheric Optics page on crepuscular rays says:

Sun rays, also called crepuscular rays, streaming through gaps in clouds are parallel columns of sunlit air separated by darker cloud shadowed regions.

The rays appear to diverge because of perspective effects, like the parallel furrows of freshly ploughed fields or a road wide at your feet yet apparently narrowing with distance.

Airborne dust, inorganic salts, organic aerosols, small water droplets and the air molecules themselves scatter the sunlight and make the rays visible.

John took this photo at Sunday Lake in Wakefield. Follow him on Facebook & view and purchase his work at michigannutphotography.com.

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Cedar(eflection)

Cedar by Thomas Michael

Cedar by Thomas Michael

Just love this photo from Thomas – see more in his April 21 gallery on Flickr!

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The Proof is in the Sunset

Sunset by Thomas Michael

Sunset by Thomas Michael

“Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully.”
~ Kristen Butler

Thomas captured an absolutely glorious sunset the other day. Keep up with his latest in his April 21 gallery on Flickr.

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Autumn Morning

Autumn Morning by TP Mann

Autumn Morning by TP Mann

Although like many in Michigan I have a light dusting of snow here in Detroit this morning, I’m not quite ready to surrender to winter.

TP writes that he captured this shot of the morning scene on Ellsworth Lake in northern Michigan as the waters stood still at sunrise. The mist hovered over the water as the autumn colors and reflections popped out. See more in his Michigan Autumn Colors gallery on Flickr!

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Let the water settle…

Let the Water Settle by Fire Fighter's Wife

Let the Water Settle by Fire Fighter’s Wife

“Let the water settle; you will see the moon and stars mirrored in your being.”
~Rumi

Here’s a great thought from Beth if you’re worrying about the result of the election.  See more great shots in her Waterscapes gallery on Flickr!

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