"Caves & Coves" Exploring Michigan's Lake Superior shoreline

July 22, 2015  •  6 Comments

 

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Michigan-based photographer John McCormick shares some imagery of the beautiful caves & coves found along Michigan's Lake Superior shoreline.


The photo below was taken in the area known as "the-coves". It's gorgeous there, the water in Lake Superior is so clear. These beautiful little coves that have been carved by the lake look like places you might see in the Caribbean; we call it "Michigan's Caribbean".

"Grand Sable Dawn" (Log Slide) Grand Sable Dunes - Pictured Rocks National lakeshore"Grand Sable Dawn" (Log Slide) Grand Sable Dunes - Pictured Rocks National lakeshore"Grand Sable Dawn" (Log Slide) Grand Sable Dunes - Pictured Rocks National lakeshore.
It's amazing what the power of Lake Superior can do to the shoreline. This cave found near AuTrain Point has windows & pillars carved into to it with a beautiful view looking north. At sunset the light fills the cave which gives it a stunning glow..

Sunlit Sea cave Lake Superior near Munising, MichiganSunlit Sea cave Lake Superior near Munising, Michigan

 

The following ice cave photos were taken along the historic and beautiful Grand Island shoreline. When we get a very cold Winter here in Michigan, Lake Superior can freeze Munising Bay over making it possible to cross the ice to the island. Always check with the locals first for information regarding the ice conditions, and where to cross. It's an amazing thing to see, ice curtains over 30 feet tall and hidden little caves to find and explore. Ice cleats, snowshoes, or ice crampons are a must; along with a warm pair of boots.

 

In this panoramic, I was able to get a shot of a person standing inside of this beautiful cavern. Sand Point on the mainland of Munising, is seen in the distance.

Grand Island ice cave panoranicA person standing inside a beautiful ice cave on Upper Michigan's Grand Island.

                      

                     I set my camera on timer to get a shot of myself exploring this amazing ice cavern   
"Wildflowers"  Au Sable Lighthouse Pictured Rocks National Lakdshore"Wildflowers" Au Sable Lighthouse Pictured Rocks National LakdshoreSunrise at Michigan's Au Sable Point Lighthouse

 

This little cave I found "blew my mind". The frozen column of blue-green ice appeared as though the icy waters of Lake Superior had been pouring down from above and it had froze that way.. Simple stunning, and pretty scary being in there too!

"Ice Cave Waterfall"This ice cave I found along Lake Superior ranks very high on my "fascinating discoveries" list. It appeared as though at one point Lake Superior's water had been washing back down through the hole in the cave ceiling, creating this beautiful blue feature.

 

Back to the warmer months. This is another image captured near AuTrain Point West of Munising. If you like to kayak, this is the place for you. When my wife and I were taking these photos we saw smoke rising from the forest along the shore and then the sounds of Native American hand-drums and song. It was a very memorable experience.

Lake Superior Sea Cave near Munising, Michigan

 

Sunny Cave Five Mile Point Lake SuperiorTropical looking Lake Superior cave

                           

                   Waves battering the rugged shoreline of Lake Superior on a very windy Autumn day.

Stormy Autumn day on Lake SuperiorBig waves on Lake Superior Upper Michigan

 

One of the most visited and easily accessed coves is Miners Castle in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. In this shot, the sun is seen going down over Grand Island in the distance.

Sunset at Miners CastleStunning sunset photo at Michigan's Miners Castle overlook.
Pictured Rocks national lakeshore, near Munising, Michigan

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                                 Crystal clear water glimmering on a sunny Summer day.

Crystal Clear waters of Lake Superior in Upper MichiganCrystal Clear waters of Lake Superior

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. You can see my entire Lake Superior caves & coves gallery here. Check out my Pictured Rocks gallery if are interested in seeing much more of my work taken along Lake Superio.  See my home page for links to all of my Michigan galleries, or if you happen to be interested in buying a print, canvas, or if your interested in licensing an image.

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Thank you very much!

-John

 


John McCormick is a lifelong Michigan resident and has been interested in Michigan Nature Photography for over 30 years. Michigan is a beautiful place to live and photographing that beauty is his absolute passion. To follow his recent work be sure to "like" his facebook page.


Metal Prints by Michigan Nut Photography

May 06, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Copper Harbor 24" x 36" Vivid Metal PrintI roped my wife into showing you a metal print!

 


May Day Sale

May 01, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

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Canvas Wraps, Vivid Metal Prints, Traditional Prints, all 30% off. This is when I purchase our artwork for our personal gallery, just passing it on to our customers, great time to buy and display the beauty of Michigan in a dramatic fashion!

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"The Wreck of the Francisco Morazan" Exploring South Manitou Island

March 16, 2015  •  1 Comment

 

Shipwrecks of lake Michigan

 

Michigan-based photographer John McCormick shares his story of exploring Michigan's South Manitou Island, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

 

My wife and I spent a couple of days exploring South Manitou Island two summers ago, and I've been wanting to share a few photos we brought back. One of the things we wanted to see was this shipwreck, the "Franciso Morazan". This old cargo ship has got to be the eeriest looking scene on the Great Lakes. The colony of nesting cormorants give it that "extra creepy appeal". 

In 1960, risking late season Great Lakes weather, the ship was caught in a late November storm and ran aground about 300 feet off the southwest shore of South Manitou Island.

 

Lake Michigan Shipwrecks South Manitou Island"Wreck of the Franciso Morazan" South Manitou Island Sleeping Bear Dunes
The photo below of the South Manitou Lighthouse was taken from the passenger ferry as we were arriving to the island. Find yourself a seat on the port side to get a better view and photo of it. The ferry service operates from the historic Fishtown Dock in Leland, Mi. It's the only access to the island other than private boats. The trip takes about 1½ hours.

 

South Manitou Island LighthouseSouth Manitou Island Lighthouse

 

There are three back-country campsites on the island and our plan was to camp at the Weather Station Campground, which has 20 sites and is a 1.3 mile hike from where the ferry docks. That location got us to within 13/4 miles of the shipwreck that I had planned to photograph at sunset. The beach is absolutely gorgeous out there, very peaceful and remote experience. We spent the entire afternoon swimming and exploring it. We only saw two other people all day, you can see them in this photo enjoying a swim.

 

South Manitou Island secluded Lake Michigan beachLake Michigan beach on South Manitou IslandCumulus clouds on a secluded South Manitou Island Beach. Sleeping Bear Dunes.

 

Another one of our plans was to see the island's historic lighthouse. You can climb the 117 steps to the top for a stunning view of Lake Michigan and the Manitou Passage. There's lots of trails for exploring; hike to the old cemetery in the interior of the island or explore the stand of giant cedar trees on the southern end.


View from the top of the South Manitou Island LighthouseView from the top of the South Manitou Island LighthouseView of South Manitou passage Sleeping Bear Dunes.

 

South Manitou Island Lighthouse Lake MichiganEvening light at South Manitou Island Lighthouse

 

Old boat house on South Manitou IslandOld weathered boat house on South Manitou Island


When we arrived at the island the rangers told us that poison ivy was well established there. I was super cautious on our hikes making sure I didn't brush up against any of it as I am highly susceptable. Well, after a long day of exploring we arrived back at the campsite and my wife wanted a campfire. At this point I had shorts on and it was getting dark, but, we "had" to find some firewood in the forest. I found plenty of firewood, but guess who forgot all about the poison ivy?  It took me three weeks to get rid of it; the rangers nailed it, lot's of poison ivy on that island. My wife likes to tell that story... :)  Some ivy along the path in this photo.

 

South Manitou Island Lighthouse photosSouth Manitou Island LighthouseEvening light on the South Manitou Island Lighthouse. Sleeping Bear Dunes.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read my post. You can see all of my Sleeping Bear Dunes gallery here. if you're interested in other areas of Michigan you can see all of my galleries here. If you have a moment, please feel free to share this blog via the social media share buttons provided.

Thank you very much!

-John

 


John McCormick is a lifelong Michigan resident and has been interested in Michigan Nature Photography for over 30 years. Michigan is a beautiful place to live and photographing that beauty is his absolute passion. To follow his recent work be sure to "like" his facebook page. To see all of his Michigan photo galleries, purchase prints, or to license an image, use the links at the top of this page.


"Rainbow Caverns" Grand Island, Munising, Michigan.

March 04, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Beautiful icy cave on the shores of lake Superior at Grand Island.  I finally got the chance to see these amazing ice formations on Grand Island. The risk involved can be quite high as the fast currents in Lake Superior prevent the ice from getting as thick as it would be in still waters. It takes a very cold winter to make this possible, extreme caution is imperative.. Good idea to talk with the park rangers in Munising before attempting the trek.  I took this shot on 2/27/2015.