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Mighty Mac Bridge reflectionsMighty Mac Bridge reflectionsNight lights at Mackinac Bridge reflecting in the calm waters

 

The end of the year is always a time for reflection and resolutions for the upcoming year. Some of my plans are the typical ones; eating healthier, getting more exercise, etc.. Then, there are the fun plans like buying new camera gear, finding new places to photograph, and meeting new people on the trail.

Reflecting upon 2016, I can say that it was a great year, and not just for the photography aspect. One other great part was my wife and I were blessed with a new granddaughter. We are very happy to be grandparents.

We continued our travels throughout Michigan discovering more adventure. New hiking trails, hidden waterfalls, dazzling northern lights and scenic Great Lakes shorelines.  I very much want to thank everyone that has been so supportive of my photography on social media, and to those that have purchased my work, it has been greatly appreciated. 

 

Below are several of my favorite shots from 2016.

Please feel free to share, and Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

Behind O-Kun-de-Kun FallsBehind O-Kun-de-Kun FallsA shot from behind the wild and scenic O-Kun-de-Kun Falls.. I first attempted this shot a few years ago but didn't see a way of getting to the base of the falls. I found a way this time, and got a nice shower in the process.. Okun-de-Kun-Falls - The Baltimore River near Bruce Crossing, MI.

 

Tropical looking underwater features in lake Superior.Tropical looking underwater features in lake Superior.Tropical looking underwater features in lake Superior.

Cool under water features in Lake Superior at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

 

"Person watching a sunset in a sea cave""Hangin' at Paradise" Lake Superior CaveThe photographer watching the sunset from inside a Lake Superior cave Sunset from inside a Lake Superior cave near Munising, MI

 

"Aurora in the Moonlight"  Eagle Harbor Lighthouse"Aurora in the Moonlight" Eagle Harbor LighthouseNorthern Lights dancing above the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse on a moonlit night. Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Northern Lights dancing in the sky above Eagle Harbor Lighthouse, Keweenaw Peninsula.

 

Northern Lights-Brockway Mountain-MichiganNorthern Lights-Brockway Mountain-Michigan Northern Lights at Brockway Mountain overlook, Upper Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula.

 

Dawn at Lake of the CloudsDawn at Lake of the CloudsA gorgeous autumn morning at Lake of the Clouds, Porcupine Mountains State Park Lake of the Clouds, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness

 

Beautiful autumn day at Hungarian Falls in the Keweenaw PeninsulaBeautiful autumn day at Hungarian Falls in the Keweenaw PeninsulaHungarian Falls in its autumn splendor, Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula

Hungarian Falls near Hubbell, MI.

 

Rainbow Falls, Black River Scenic BywayRainbow Falls, Black River Scenic BywayThe wild & scenic Black River in western Upper Michigan Rainbow Falls, Black River Scenic Byway

 

Saint Patrick Parish, Parnell, MI.Saint Patrick Parish, Parnell, MI.The intricacies of this church and steeple are amazing. Built in 1884, the most beautiful church I've ever seen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saint Patrick Parish, Parnell, MI

 

Snow-laden trees at Upper Bond FallsSnow-laden trees at Upper Bond FallsFreshly fallen snow blankets the trees at Upper Bond Falls

"Winter wonderland"  Bond Falls near Paulding, MI

 

"Deer Tracks""Deer Tracks"Deer tracks in the snow at Kitch-iti-Kipi (Big Springs) Manistique, Michigan "Deer Tracks" Kitch-iti-Kipi Big Springs, near Manistique, MI.

 

Misty melting ice at Mackinac BridgeMisty melting ice at Mackinac Bridge "Icy Straits"  Mackinac Bridge

 

"Seasons Collide""Seasons Collide"An early snow storm coats the autumn leaves with snow in rural Lower Michigan

"Seasons Collide"  Early snowfall in rural Montcalm County, MI.

 

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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.

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Photo Locations:

 

January - Frozen St. Joseph Lighthouse, St. Joseph, Mi

February - South Haven Lighthouse, South Haven, MI

March - Milky Way over Marl Lake, Vestaburg, MI

April - "Ghost Town Auroa" Glen haven Village, Sleeping Bear Dunes

May - "Starry Nights" Au Sable Point Lighthouse, Pictured Rocks

June - "Dancing Lights" at Point Betsie Lighthouse

July - Mackinac Bridge in the moonlight

August - Kaye E. Barker, Upper Ore Dock Marquette, MI

September - Northern Lights over Lake Superior at Miners Beach

October - "A Billion Stars" Old barn in Montcalm County, MI

November - Portage Lift Bridge, Houghton, MI

December - A snowy night at Tahquamenon Falls

 

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Photo Locations:

January - Kitch-iti-Kipi- (Big Springs) Manistique, MI

February - Turnip Rock, Point Aux Barques, Lake Huron

March - Taquamenon Falls, Paradise, MI

April - Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Ludington, MI

May - Cherry orchard and barn in Leelanau Peninsula

June - Point Betsie Lighthouse

July - Lake Superior Cave, Munising, MI

August - Grand Sable Dunes, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

September - Portage Lake lift bridge, Houghton & Hancock, MI

October - Bond Falls, Paulding, MI

November - Tawas Point State park, lake Huron

December - Mackinac Bridge

 

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http://www.michigannutphotography.com/blog/2016/1/-snow-tracks-exploring-winter-in-rural-michigan "Snow Tracks" Exploring winter in rural Michigan

"Country Roads" Winter in rural Montcalm County Michigan"Country Roads" Winter in rural Montcalm County MichiganSnow covered trees hanging across a country road in Lower Michigan

 

Winter in the heartland areas of Michigan are truly beautiful. There's no road salt applied to the unpaved back-roads so they stay white, snowy and scenic much longer. This photo was taken on the road we live on in rural Montcalm County; it was the morning after a winter storm had dropped several inches of fresh snow. The drooping snow-laden pine boughs made it seem as though I was driving through a tunnel.

 

Horses running in the snow after a snow stormHorses running in the snow after a snow stormHorses running in the snow in Michigan. Michigan winter photography.

 

These horses were enjoying themselves running in the fresh powdery snow. I stopped to photograph them for a few minutes and they seemed intrigued by that, but then they wanted to show off their running skills.  It was very peaceful to watch. Horses are incredibly resilient and adapt to Michigan's snow and cold quite easily.

 

"Fresh Tracks"  countryside road in Winter"Fresh Tracks" countryside road in WinterFresh tracks in the snow on a countryside road in Michigan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The road crews are always busy clearing snow from the main roads first after a snow storm, so we get to play in it with our 4-wheel drive vehicles for a day or two until the back-roads get plowed. Many people in the country carry tow-straps and shovels in their cars and trucks - so if you do slip off into the ditch it doesn't take long at all and someone is there to help.

 

Fresh Winter snow at a Michigan barn and farmFresh Winter snow at a Michigan barn and farmSnow covered hay bales and trees at a Michigan barn & farm

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think we are fortunate to still have all of the beautiful historic farms and barns in Michigan's countryside. Seeing these farms is a glimpse from the past, it's the same view you would've gotten many many years ago. This historic Michigan farm and barn is just down the road from our home here in Montcalm County.  The snowy winter scene was taken on Christmas Day, 2014.

 

"Fieldstone Barns of Antrim" Antrim County, East Jordan Michigan"Fieldstone Barns of Antrim" Antrim County, East Jordan MichiganPigeons huddle for warmth on the roof of this Century old field-stone Barn in this cold January evening scene. The Fresh powdery snow slides off it's steep sides.



I have seen many old barns in my Michigan travels, but this one amazes me, and is now my favorite. Everywhere I went on the back roads of this area, of East Jordan and Mancelona, I found something old built from field-stone . An old Gothic Czechoslovakian church clad with stone, old homesteads, foundations, and other structures like the dam walls in the photo I uploaded yesterday.

 

Pigeons huddle for warmth on the roof of this Century old field-stone Barn. I've seen many old barns in my Michigan travels but this one is by far the most interesting and unique. Everywhere I went on the back roads in the East Jordan area, I discovered old structures built from field-stone;  an old Gothic Czechoslovakian church clad with stone, old homesteads, and other structures.

 

"Praga" Saint John Nepomucene Gothic Revival Church, East Jordan Michigan"Praga" Saint John Nepomucene Gothic Revival Church, East Jordan Michiganfounded in 1885 by Bohemian immigrants and named for the patron saint of Czechoslovakia, Saint John Nepomucene,. The settlers of this area, most of whom emigrated from Prague, Czech Republic, named their community Praga. This Gothic Revival church was built as a frame structure in 1890; the steeple and bell were added in 1893, in 1926 the church was clad in fieldstone.

 

"Praga" Saint John Nepomucene Gothic Revival Church, East Jordan Michigan

 

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. You can see my entire Michigan Winter gallery here, or see all of my Michigan photo galleriesIf you have a moment, please feel free to share this post via the social media share buttons provided.

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-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.

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http://www.michigannutphotography.com/blog/2015/7/-caves-coves-of-michigans-lake-superior-coastline "Caves & Coves" Exploring Michigan's Lake Superior shoreline

 

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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, 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 panoranicGrand 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""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, MichiganLake Superior Sea Cave near Munising, Michigan

 

Sunny Cave Five Mile Point Lake SuperiorSunny 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 SuperiorStormy 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 CastleSunset 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 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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http://www.michigannutphotography.com/blog/2015/3/exploring-south-manitou-island-sleeping-bear-dunes "The Wreck of the Francisco Morazan" Exploring South Manitou Island

 

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.

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http://www.michigannutphotography.com/blog/2014/6/-beaver-basin-wilderness-exploring-pictured-rocks-national-lakeshore "Beaver Basin Wilderness" Exploring Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Michigan-based photographer John McCormick shares some tips for exploring the "Beaver Basin Wilderness" - Michigan's Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

 

Of all the places within the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the area designated as the "Beaver Basin Wilderness", is not to miss if you want a true back-country experience in one of the best locations of the park. In part 1 of this series I talked about the eastern areas, areas between Grand Sable Dunes and Twelvemile-Beach. This post will be focusing on the Lake Superior shoreline between Spray Falls on the west to Beaver Creek outlet on the east.

To begin your hike for this trip, start at the Little Beaver Lake campground. We most often do day-hikes on our trips, but there are several back-country campsites if you're wanting to do a pack-in trip. You can also camp right at Little Beaver Lake, on a first-come first-serve basis. This first photo of Little Beaver Lake was taken on its north side where the trail intersects with the Beaver Creek or Big Beaver Lake trail.

 

Little Beaver Lake - Pictured Rocks National LakehsoreLittle Beaver Lake - Pictured Rocks National Lakehsore

 

Following the Beaver Lake trail east, you will soon see the stunningly clear water and beautiful views of Beaver Lake. The trail follows its shoreline for a bit before reaching Beaver Creek. On our last hike, upon reaching the creek we took off our hiking-boots and waded for awhile. The water here is also remarkably clear and the bottom is sandy. The photos below, a view of Beaver Creek, then, our son Mike crossing this really cool a-frame log footbridge.  Also in the photo is my wife Shelly, taking her boots off to play in the water.  The third photo is where the Bever Creek flows into Lake Superior.

 

Beaver Creek, Beaver Basin Wilderness Pictured Rocks National LakeshoreBeaver Creek, Beaver Basin Wilderness Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

 

Footbridge over Beaver Creek - Beaver Basin WildernessFootbridge over Beaver Creek - Beaver Basin WildernessMy son Mike crossing Beaver Creek in the Beaver Basin Wilderness.

 

Mouth of the Beaver Creek - Pictured Rocks National lakeshoreMouth of the Beaver Creek - Pictured Rocks National lakeshore

 

The remaining photos were all taken along the Lakeshore North-Country Trail. To see these areas, instead of heading east at the intersection at Little Beaver Lake that I mentioned, go straight and follow the trail north towards Lake Superior. When you reach the shoreline and head west on the trail, you will come to 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 scenes straight out of the tropics; we call it, "Michigan's Caribbean". The coves back-county campsites are in this area as well.

 

The Coves - Pictured Rocks National LakeshoreThe Coves - Pictured Rocks National LakeshoreI've been in the Caribbean before , it's great...but I'll take Michigan's pristine unspoiled beaches and shorelines any day. These coves along pictured rocks are fascinating and gorgeous.

 

"The Coves"  Lake Superior"The Coves" Lake SuperiorThe coves area of Pictured Rocks National lakeshore

 

Sunset at the "Coves" Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.Sunset at the "Coves" Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.Sunset in the coves area Lake Superior Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Michigan's Upper Peninsula

 

Hiking farther west from the coves, the trail climbs until you are high above the lake on the cliffs edge. When we first started taking our boys on this hike, Shelly and I got a few extra gray hairs!  In places, the trail is just a couple of feet from the edge!

 

Lake Superior sunset Pictured Rocks National LakeshoreLake Superior sunset Pictured Rocks National LakeshoreCliff Edge ,Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Sunset

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There are many interesting lookouts, rock formations and vistas to see along the trail. This tall pine caught my eye while we were hiking out in late evening.


The Lone Pine, Pictured Rocks National LakeshoreThe Lone Pine, Pictured Rocks National LakeshoreA tall White Pine stands along the shores of Lake Superior in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

 

Before the trail gets too high above Lake Superior, there are some places you can get down to the shoreline and do some exploring. We found this little hidden beach a couple of years ago. It was really unique; a large group of boulders and a leaning pine tree, interesting and picturesque.

 

"Rocky Shores" Beaver Basin Wilderness Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore"Rocky Shores" Beaver Basin Wilderness Pictured Rocks National LakeshoreThis is a remote area of Pictured Rocks in the Beaver Basin Wilderness area. Stock Image Licensing, Fine Art Prints

The last photo is Spray Falls, which is at the western end of the Beaver Basin Wilderness. Like I mentioned in part 1 of my, exploring Michigan's Waterfalls blog,  Spray Falls plunges 70ft over the Pictured Rocks cliff edge directly into Lake Superior. These areas that I have mentioned, from the coves to Spray Falls, involve climbing some fairly steep trails in spots and is a moderate hike. Be sure to take plenty enough water and snacks..  Also remember, there are places where the trail gets very close to the edge of the cliffs.  Be aware that this is an ever changing and fragile landscape. Keep a safe distance and have a fun hike.

You can download maps of the park and get other useful information here.

 

"Spray Falls" Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore"Spray Falls" Pictured Rocks National LakeshoreSpray Falls , Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore - jmphotography@casair.net

 

Thanks again for taking the time to read my blog. If you have any questions about visiting Pictured Rocks, or would like to leave a comment, please do that below. You can select public, or private.  Also, I highly recommend checking out our Pictured Rocks gallery ; I have over 100 of my favorite shots in there taken in all seasons over many years of visiting the park.
 

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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. To see all of his Michigan photo galleries, purchase prints, or to license an image, use the links at the top of this page.

 

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http://www.michigannutphotography.com/blog/2014/6/-graveyard-coast-exploring-pictured-rocks-national-lakeshore "Graveyard Coast" Exploring Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

 

Michigan-based photographer John McCormick shares some tips for exploring Michigan's Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

 

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a very special place in Upper Michigan. We have been camping and hiking there for many years. I've decided to write a few blogs, share a few photos, and talk a little about our favorite spots.

The area encompassing the park is long and narrow, with an impressive 42 miles of Lake Superior Shoreline to explore. This first blog, part 1, will focus on the east end of the park; the area between Grand Sable Dunes and Twelvemile-Beach Campground. The sunrise shot of the "
Log Slide", was taken along the Grand Sable Banks. These banks, rise to heights of up to 300ft above the shore of Lake Superior. The Grand Sable Dunes, on top of these banks, are a desolate landscape with some jack pine forests near the edges.

 

"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.
Heading East, H58 closely follows the shoreline and in a few miles you will come to the Hurricane River Campground. This fast moving little river flows out of the forest and empties into Lake Superior near the picnic area. This is an excellent place to photograph a sunset. The shipwreck image below, taken a few years ago, is titled; "Graveyard Coast". The image won second place in the Lake Superior Magazine photo contest that was held the same year. :)  Anyhow, this steam ship "Mary Jarecki", at 200 feet in length, hit bottom on Au Sable Reef and went down on July 4, 1883. The ship lost its way in one of the heavy fogs that frequent the area. These shipwrecks are a reminder of the incredible power of Lake Superior.

 

Mouth of the Hurricane river, Pictured Rocks National LakeshoreMouth of the Hurricane river, Pictured Rocks National LakeshoreSunset on Lake Superior, Hurricane river Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

 

"Graveyard Coast II " - (Mary Jarecki shipwreck) , Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore"Graveyard Coast II " - (Mary Jarecki shipwreck) , Pictured Rocks National LakeshoreThe Mary Jarecki was a wooden bulk freight steam Ship of 645 tons, 200 feet in length. It grounded on Au Sable Reef and went down on July 4, 1883. She lost her way in one of the heavy fogs that frequent the area. These shipwrecks are a sobering reminder of the incredible power of Lake Superior.

 

One of the great things about camping at Hurricane River, is the fact that the Au Sable Point Lighthouse trail begins here. It's been one of our family's favorite hikes for many years. You can walk the shoreline on your way there and then on your way back, there's a beautiful trail through the woods that follows close to the shore. You can see the remains of another shipwreck along the way too. The first image shown of the lighthouse was taken in early May when the wildflowers were blooming. The second image of the lighthouse was taken in May of this year; my wife and I hiked the 1.5 miles at night to capture the Camelopardalid meteor shower and the Milky Way Galaxy. While we were shooting this, the winds picked up off the lake and you could hear this loud howling sound, that is best described as sounding like what you hear when you blow across the top of a pop bottle, only louder. I bet the light-keepers back in the day heard that quite often. The sound was coming from the curved window openings near the top of the lighthouse tower.


"Wildflowers"  Au Sable Lighthouse Pictured Rocks National Lakdshore"Wildflowers" Au Sable Lighthouse Pictured Rocks National LakdshoreSunrise at Michigan's Au Sable Point Lighthouse

 

Milky Way Meteor Shower - Au Sable Point Lighthouse Pictured Rocks National lakeshoreMilky Way Meteor Shower - Au Sable Point Lighthouse Pictured Rocks National lakeshoreMilky Way Galaxy at Au Sable Point Lighthouse ~ Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. My wife and I hiked out to Au Sable Point over the weekend to try for a night shot of our favorite lighthouse. We were lucky in that there was just a couple of spots where the spring melt water was rushing over the trail , and we were lucky to capture three meteors (one is very small) and the Spring arc of the Milky Way towering above the lighthouse.

 

Au Sable Point Lighthouse - Pictured Rocks National LakeshoreAu Sable Point Lighthouse - Pictured Rocks National LakeshoreFor many years sailors dreaded the eighty miles of dark shoreline that stretched east from Grand Island Lighthouse to the light at Whitefish Point. Unmarked by any navigational light, these dangerous shores claimed dozens of ships , including the one posted below ,the ( Mary Jarecki) . To fill the gap, a lighthouse was placed on Au Sable Point in 1874
Au Sable Point Lighthouse is one of the least accessible mainland light stations in the United States. Just as its keepers once did, visitors today must walk to it, but only 1.5 miles.

 

The last area of the park that I will mention in part 1 of this series, is Twelvemile-Beach & Campground. The  images below were taken at different times but they were shot from almost the same spot. One is a summertime sunset, and the other a beautiful early spring day. This campground is one of our all-time favorite places to camp. The sites are large and many of them are right along the bluff above the beach. In the last image, there are thousands of footprints in the sand and only one person besides me, watching the sun go down. At this place, you will have 12 miles of "Michigan's Caribbean", to play in, If you're brave enough to go in the water!

 

Twelvemile Beach , Pictured Rocks National LakeshoreTwelvemile Beach , Pictured Rocks National LakeshoreShop High Quality Michigan Fine Art Prints, Canvas... Sunset at Twelve Mile Beach Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

 

Twelvemile Beach Pictured Rocks National LakehsoreTwelvemile Beach Pictured Rocks National LakehsoreTwelvemile Beach ~ Lake Superior, Pictured Rocks National lakeshore. A beautiful late Spring / early Summer day at one best beaches around!

 

Twelvemile Beach Sunset Pictured Rocks National lakehsoreTwelvemile Beach Sunset Pictured Rocks National lakehsoreA million footprints and only one person watching the sunset on Twelvemile Beach Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this. If you have any questions about visiting Pictured Rocks, or would like to leave a comment, please do that below. You can select public, or private. Also, I highly reccomend checking out our Pictured Rocks gallery if are interested in researching more areas of the park, or if you would like to buy a print. I have over 100 of my favorite shots in there taken over the coarse of many years, Spring, Summer, Winter and fall.

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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.

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http://www.michigannutphotography.com/blog/2014/6/exploring-michigans-waterfalls Exploring Michigan's Waterfalls

 

Michigan-based photographer John McCormick shares some tips for exploring a few of the states many waterfalls.

 

If you’re looking for things to do in Michigan this summer, try exploring some beautiful waterfalls. This will be a great year for it! The heavy snow and below average temperatures this past winter have resulted in fast flowing rivers and raging waterfalls all across Upper Michigan this spring. My wife and I and our three boys have been exploring and photographing these gems for over 30 years and the ones mentioned here are a few of our favorites.

Some of the waterfalls are easy to find and easy to access, while others require a little more effort.  The most popular waterfall to see is Tahquamenon, and it is also one of the easiest to access. There are two drops – the upper and lower. The upper falls are more than 200 feet across and plunge approximately 48 feet. Both of these waterfalls are within the Tahquamenon Falls State Park, and this area has some of the best camping in Michigan.

Tahquamenon Falls One of the more remote waterfalls to see is Spray Falls in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. This one is about a three mile round trip hike, starting from the trail-head at Little Beaver Lake campground. It is rated a moderate hike. Spray Falls plunges 70ft over the Pictured Rocks cliff edge directly into Lake Superior. This stretch of hiking trail is one of the most spectacular hikes in Michigan. See our Pictured Rocks gallery.

Spray Falls , Pictured Rocks National LakeshoreSpray Falls , Pictured Rocks National LakeshoreSpray Falls is the remotest, and perhaps the most impressive of the several waterfalls in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The 70' waterfall plunges over the cliffs at Pictured Rocks and lands directly in Lake Superior

Another easy to access waterfall ‘and fun to photograph’, is Wagner Falls, just South of Munising, Michigan. It’s a beautiful scenic spot, and just a short walk through the woods. If you visit this one in the springtime, you will see Marsh Marigolds blooming along the edges of the creek just below the falls. It makes for a pretty picture! As a side trip while in the area, head over to Miners Beach just West of Munising and see the little but very picturesque, Elliot Falls, aka Miners Beach Falls.

Wagner FallsWagner FallsShop High Quality Fine Art Prints, Canvas...Spring time at Wagner Falls near

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Miners Beach Falls , Pictured Rocks National LakeshoreMiners Beach Falls , Pictured Rocks National LakeshoreThis little waterfall is hidden on the far East end of Lake Superior's Miners Beach. Moving on from Wagner falls on M94 heading South and West you will find the little town of Chatham, MI,  which is about 25 miles from Munising. Near Chatham, is Rock River Falls. This waterfall is hidden in the Rock River Wilderness Area. Getting to it involves driving on some old logging roads and then hiking a mile or so through the forest on some ‘not so well marked’ trails, but if you are looking for a back-country waterfall adventure, this one is for you. Also, Just a few miles West of Chatham, is Laughing Whitefish Falls. It’s another easily accessible waterfall and a beautiful area of the Rock River Wilderness.

Rock River FallsRock River Fallsit's quite an adventure getting to this remote waterfall located in the rock river wilderness, Hiawatha National Forest. We drove five miles in on an old two track , parked and walked additional 1.5 miles or so on an unmarked trail. I have been to dozens of waterfalls in Michigan, but this was our first time to this particular falls . This falls is not huge but is now on my top five favorite Michigan waterfall list. After I photographed the falls I climbed up in them and enjoyed a refreshing shower. It didn't look like anyone had been there in awhile. Laughing Whitefish FallsLaughing Whitefish FallsBeautiful Autumn colors at Laughing Whitefish Falls.

Farther West in Upper Michigan near Paulding, Michigan, is Bond Falls. This one has it all. Easy to access, wheelchair accessible, and one of the most spectacular to see. Don’t forget to get some ice cream at the Paulding General Store, or maybe look for the “Paulding Lights”. People have reported seeing these mysterious lights for 40 years.

Bond Falls Paulding MichiganBond Falls Paulding MichiganOne of the best waterfalls in the State of Michigan. Middle branch of the Ontonagan river, near Paulding.
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One more waterfall I will mention, that gets little attention, is Ocqueoc Falls near Onaway, Michigan. This is the only recognized waterfall in Michigan’s lower peninsula. You can hike the Ocqueoc Falls Pathway that starts here and runs along the river. Also at the falls area there is a picnic area with tables and grills. This area is also wheelchair accessible.

Ocqueoc FallsOcqueoc FallsMarsh Marigolds blooming along the banks of the Ocqueoc River. Ocqueoc Falls is the only recognized waterfall in Michigan's lower peninsula. I could go on and list many, many more waterfalls to see. I do highly recommend visiting my Michigan waterfalls gallery to see over a hundred photos my favorite shots taken over many years of travels. Thanks for taking the time to read this. If you have any questions about Michigan's waterfalls, or would like to leave a comment, please do that below. You can select public, or private. If you have a moment, please feel free to share this post 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.

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