Off Fishing by Julie
Yesterday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended Michigan’s stay at home order until May 15th. mLive reports that some controversial restrictions have been removed:
Certain restrictions previously included under the state’s stay-at-home order, including bans on motorized boating, golf, and retail operations like garden centers, are lifted under the new order.
Landscapers, lawn-service companies, nurseries and bike repair shops will be allowed to return to work subject to strict social distancing, and big-box stores will be allowed to reopen closed sections of the store. Other retailers will now be allowed to reopen for curbside pick-up or delivery.
And residents will be allowed to travel between their residences again, although such travel is “strongly discouraged,” according to a press release from the governor’s office.
Public-facing businesses like gyms salons, bars and in-person dining at restaurants will remain off-limits under the order.
In a statement, Whitmer said social distancing remains the “best weapon” to defeat COVID-19, but said some of the restrictions put in place are being lifted because new COVID-19 cases appear to be leveling off.
More in mLive.
Julie took this photo of a boat out at sunrise last summer. See more in her UP of Michigan gallery on Flickr.
Morning on the Dunes, photo by Owen Weber
Here’s a phenomenal shot of the sunrise on Glen Lake from atop the dunes in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
View Owen’s photo bigger and see more in his Michigan album.
A Winter Morning and a Setting Moon, by TP Mann
The moon was setting over this snowy hill on this cold crisp morning. Love the lines of the fences crossing and going up over the hill. A Pure Michigan winter scene found along the Breezeway.
Check out more from TP and The Breezeway!
Into the Sunrise, photo by Tom Hughes
The sun rose on Lake St. Clair at about 6:30 AMthis morning. If you were there, maybe you were lucky enough to see something like Tom’s photo of the Cuyahoga headed into the sunrise. If not, at least we can be happy that there’s folks like him willing to get up and out for incredible shots like this.
Have a great weekend everyone!
View the photo bigger and see more in Tom’s slideshow.
Let Me Have My First Kiss, photo by Julia Thomas
View this gorgeous July sunrise bigger and see more in Julia’s slideshow.
Canoe & Dock at Sunrise, photo by bioprof52
Enjoy your weekend and the month of July!
View the photo background bigtacular and see more in bioprof52’s Bear Lake slideshow!
More summer wallpaper on Michigan in Pictures.
Nordhouse Dunes Sunrise, photo by Shane Blood Photography
That’s the question the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area Facebook page asked Michigan in Pictures on Facebook. It’s a good question. Click over and let them know what you think!
The Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area:
…is a Federally designated wilderness in Michigan’s lower peninsula and encompasses 3,450 acres of National Forest. Nordhouse Dunes is part of the Ludington Dune Ecosystem, which also includes Lake Michigan Recreation Area, and Ludington State Park. The dunes were formed 3,500 to 4,000 years ago and stand up to 140 feet high. Ludington Dune Ecosystem has the largest area of fresh water interdunal ponds in the world. The interdunal ponds, small water holes and marshes, decorate the area. Dune grass covers many of the dunes and provides habitat for a variety of wildlife species.
The Nordhouse Dunes are interspersed with woody vegetation such as juniper, jack pine and hemlock. Plant life is varied and includes the Federally Endangered Pitcher’s Thistle. The sand beach along the lake varies from narrow to wide and is home to the Federally Endangered Piping Plover, a shore bird that nests on the ground in small cobbles.
The wilderness area is popular for hiking, camping, hunting, nature study and wildlife viewing. There are approximately 10-miles of trail that can be accessed from 2 developed trailheads at the end of Nurnberg Road and Lake Michigan Recreation Area.
View the photo bigger and head over to Shane Blood Photography on Facebook for more shots from Nordhouse Dunes.
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