The Jaws of Point Betsie, photo by Kristina Lishawa Photography
Sweet shot of Michigan’s most photographed lighthouse, the Point Betsie Light just north of Frankfort. Kristina writes:
Ordinarily, someone trying to take a photo from this angle would be pounded mercilessly into the break wall by crashing waves. Lake Michigan granted me an unusually calm window in which to see Point Betsie from a new perspective.
View the photo bigger, follow Kristina Lishawa Photography on Facebook, and view and purchase prints on her website at kristinalishawa.com.
Black Bear & Cub, photo by Mark Miller
The Detroit Free Press reports that the black bear population is booming in northern Michigan:
The black bear population has risen 29 percent in the region since 2012 and almost 50 percent since 2000, according to wildlife management specialist Kevin Swanson of the Department of Natural Resources.
Swanson says complaints about nuisance bears are increasing, especially in the Baldwin management unit, which extends from Muskegon County north to Leelanau County. Mlive.com says Swanson recently told the state Natural Resources Commission the bear harvest should be increased significantly in the Baldwin area.
He says the Upper Peninsula population has grown by a more manageable 11 percent since 2012. There are about 9,700 bears in the U.P. and over 15,000 statewide. Swanson is proposing a quota increase from 5,806 in 2016 to 5,925 for the 2017-18 season.
About the photo, Mark says: After yelling a quick “hey” at mama to get her to turn around, there was a moment that I wondered if I had done a dumb thing. I was about the same distance from the house, as she was to me (100 yds.) I guess me and my Nikon didn’t pose much of a threat, as they slowly went on their way.
View the photo bigger and see more in his In My Backyard slideshow.
PS: I realize that back in May of 2015, I featured another photo of this pair along with general info about black bears in Michigan.
Phish, photo by Noah Sorenson
View Noah’s photo bigger on his Facebook and follow him at nsorensenphoto on Instagram for more!
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dairyland, photo by Wilkinson Visual
Wilkinson Visual writes that this photo shows David Hixenbaugh scrapping up dairyland on a blustery day out on the lakeshore. Great climbing, very unique features formed by the wind making for an exciting top out!
The annual Michigan Ice Fest runs today through Sunday (Feb 15-19, 2017) in Munising. It’s an annual celebration of the sport of ice climbing that brings together some of the world’s best climbers and experts for climbing exhibitions, seminars, guided climbs, get togethers and much more! Click the link above for all the details.
View the photo bigger on the Wilkinson Visuals Facebook and visit their website for all kinds of photos including this cool Michigan Ice Climbing Gallery.
Here’s climbing video from the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore by David (@alpine_elevation on Instagram):
There’s a first time for everything – apologies to Aaron Springer for partially incorrectly attributing today’s photo!!
Heart of Stone, photo by Aaron Springer
“Light softens even the hardest of hearts.”
A nice sentiment for Valentine’s Day, and I hope you get a chance to spend some time this week enjoying the beautiful light of Michigan.
View Aaron’s photo biggerand see more awesome shots from the Old Mission Peninsula and elsewhere in his slideshow.
There’s 10+ years of Valentine’s Day photos on Michigan in Pictures.
Let’s Go RED WINGS!!, photo by Cori Conz
Mike Illitch, owner of Little Caesar’s Pizza, the Detroit Red Wings, and the Detroit Tigers has passed away. I could link to a lot of articles, but I think the tweets about Mike Illitch are the most powerful things I’ve seen. Here are some I like and please share your own comments.
View Cori’s photo bigger and see more in her I LOVE DETROIT slideshow.
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Sturgeon Bay Outhouse, photo by David Clark
We’re going to let David Clark of one of my favorite blogs, Cliffs and Ruins, take over today’s post. He writes:
The most scenic walk to an outhouse award goes to Sturgeon Bay Cabin at Wilderness State Park, where this line of wind-blown cedars escorts you to the potty.
I took this photo on the 2nd day of my snowshoe adventure at Wilderness State Park in December 2016, after a heavy snowfall the night before. I enjoyed 3 days of spectacularly good snowshoeing and utter solitude. Read more at my blog: Winter Cabin Camping at Wilderness State Park.
I really encourage you to check out David’s post for photos and a great account of his visit to Wilderness State Park which is located on the northwest shore of the lower peninsula, to the west of the Mackinac Bridge. This is an adventure I really hope to take!!
View David’s photo background bigtacular and see more in his Wilderness State Park 2016 slideshow.