Recently on a trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan I was taken by surprise at all of the ice still remaining on Lake Superior.
The weather on my second day there turned unseasonably warm, which happened to be the case the day I took this sunset.
On certain areas of Lake Superior you can only see ice in the far distance, in other places you are actually able to still stand on thick chunks that are floating around closer to the shore.
The day before I took this image the whole bay was a mass of floating icebergs, ranging in size from many feet wide to a few inches in width. The depth could also be 1-3 feet for those that I could see. I’m sure much larger for those in the middle of each of the Great Lakes.
I was really hoping to get some sunset images through the icebergs with loads of golden color. Well, that didn’t happen because on the next evening I arrived to find much of the ice that had been close to the shore previously, no longer there. The warm southern winds had blown it further out in the water. Only a few chunks remained close to where I was standing.
The temperatures that day had reached the upper 80’s with plenty of haze and humidity, as well as a ton of black flies and mosquitoes. Consequently the sunset was not quite what I had hoped for yet it was really colorful and quite long lasting.
This frame is one of the later ones from that night, towards the end of sunset. The colors were still strong at the time, and the ice fields visible in the distance. You can also notice a few smaller pieces of ice closer to the shore.
The funny thing to me was knowing that here in late May, there were still many remnants of this winters extremely cold weather all around me.
I’m sure that there will be ice somewhere on Lake Superior for another month or two!
Enjoy this extremely simple image, and view of color and ice in a time that you wouldn’t normally expect it!
Just a quick post tonight. I grabbed this sunset a couple of weeks ago out in Grand Haven MI. It was totally last minute. I had driven through a rain storm from another location on Lake Michigan. The clouds broke up quite suddenly, and I raced to get to this particular pier in Grand Haven as fast as I could.
As soon as I parked the car, I literally just grabbed my camera and headed to the pier. I didn’t have time for a tripod, I quickly got in as many images as I could before everything was totally gone. There were quite a few fishermen and others on the jetty in front of me in silhouette enjoying the view as well. It seems a lovely place to be for any sunset! The hues were gorgeous and deep. I was very happy that I was able to catch these last bits of color because the rain started up again just as I finished, and it didn’t stop until the next day!
As some of you may know, being in Michigan, surrounded by some of the Great Lakes, has its perks! Here in this state you are never far from a local lake, and not very far from three of the three Great Lakes either.
I had wanted to get out to Lake Michigan all winter, but with the roads as snowy and icy as they were most of the time, it was impossible.
Recently I had the chance to spend a few days out around Grand Haven, and Holland. I was really surprised at the amount of shoreline change, and drifting of sand that happened over the winter season.
As I mentioned in my last post, the weather most of the time was either raining or stormy.
These few frames here were taken in a brief time in between storms. The sun shone brightly against the sand drifts that nearly covered all of the snow fences.
Pools of water lay on the shore reflecting the wonderful blue sky and clouds in another location.
Lastly, you’ll see more cloud reflections in pools as well as patterns in the sand formed by the water!
Truly it was a beautiful period of time with all of that sky drama. The changes quickly led to another thunderstorm, but it was certainly worth the time there to enjoy these sights granted to me!
On a recent and very quick trip out to Western Michigan I had the opportunity to visit a couple of lighthouses in the area, on Lake Michigan. By the way, I love lighthouses! 🙂
Most of my short time there it was either raining, having thunderstorms, or severe wind. I had hoped for some beautiful blue skies with amazing clouds when I set out, but I had seen the forecast and didn’t have much hope. Well the clouds happened, although not quite so amazing LOL, but blue skies were hard to come by!
I happened to see an old photograph on a wall from the days of film, taken in 1950. It was of this lighthouse in Grand Haven, with large rocks in the foreground. I decided since the weather was dreary, and slightly foggy, I’d go out and try to get the vantage point that I had seen in that photo from 1950.
Obviously things have changed a bit in the landscape over these past 64 years, but I came as close as I could to it, in both position and choice of processing it in black and white.
Although not quite what I had hoped for in terms of weather, I’m still really happy I made it out there to the western side of Michigan, and hope to go back again for the tulips in Holland MI., which should be coming up pretty soon. That is, if we can get rid of this cold rainy weather! 😉
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind. The answer is blowin’ in the wind…..
The answer is carried on a strong wind as it blows through tall grasses along the shores of Lake Michigan. Streams of white and blue swirl through the sky as if to say we are going in our own direction.
The new Corvette C7.R (Race Car) was unveiled at the same time as the new Corvette Stingray Z06, at the Detroit NAIAS this past January. I had looked forward to them eagerly! Both cars share many of the same design and performance attributes, and were developed at the same time. It took all of the engineering expertise and technology for both new versions of the Corvette to succeed.
The C7.R has the same fuel-saving and power-making direct injection technology as the Corvette Stingray Z06, The difference here with the race car is that it has a 5.5-liter V-8 instead of the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8.
Both cars are mounted to a highly ridged aluminum frame, and to be able to reduce drag and create down force, the vents, the scoops, the extractors, the wings, and the under-body panels all act together.
The outgoing race car for Corvette, the C6.R, and it’s performance on and off the track were instrumental in helping the designers and engineers in developing the new Corvette C7.R and the Corvette Stingray Z06.
Here are two different vantage points, or views of the C7.R. As can be imagined, both the race car, and the Z06 were highly anticipated and much sought after in terms of viewing.
I was able to squeeze in a few shots while getting really low on the floor, and the rest while either kneeling or standing.
If you missed seeing the Stingray Z06 in the last post, please check it out. If you’ve already had the opportunity, then enjoy its cousin the C7.R! 😉
Well guys, as some of you might have remembered from last year…… It’s auto show time again! The time in January when winter has hit in full, and you need some excitement to brighten your day! The place where I explore lights, camera, and action! The 2014 Detroit NAIAS, where there are halls of flashing lights, displays of shiny new cars, and not to be forgotten, enormous crowds of excited people!
I bring you just one image today. A cool slice of a concept car from Infinity. A bright and shiny orange delight!
This will be the start of a series of automotive images. Some as abstract, some automobile details, and others as full cars. I hope you enjoy the ride! (Pun intended) 😉