“Pine Forest Magic”

"Light of the Pines"

Looking up through pine trees!
“Light of the Pines”
Looking up through amazing tall pine trees with a view to the bright blue sky!
"Living Among Giants"

Sunlight through the smaller deciduous trees within a forest of tall pine trees!
“Living Among Giants”
Beautiful sunlight was shining through the leaves of the smaller deciduous trees that were growing within the giant pines!
"Feel the force"

Looking up through the pines.
“Feel the Force”
Another pine forest and another look, straight up!

These are just a few of the beautiful images made within the myriad of pine forests in Northern Michigan earlier this autumn!

“Point Pelee Winter Days”

I had the opportunity to spend several weeks this past winter at Point Pelee National Park in Leamington, Ontario. These images are just a few that I made of beautiful Lake Erie during the time when it was at its most frozen. The ice formations were stunning, and of so many types!

"Crisp and Clean"

With a fresh blanket of snow this icy scene at lake Erie was stunning!
“Crisp and Clean”
The air was cold and crisp and the day was bright and sunny at the tip of Point Pelee as I walked out onto a very frozen Lake Erie!
"Lookout Above"

A scenic view of and beyond the tower at Point Pelee.
“Lookout Above”
Such a refreshingly cold and vast scene of Lake Erie during the heart of winter, as viewed from the tower at Point Pelee!
"Through Outstretched Arms"

I loved the silhouette of this weather worn tree along a frozen Lake Erie!
“Through Outstretched Arms”
Just an absolutely fabulous frozen Lake Erie and a beautiful bare tree just as I reached the beginning of the tip, at Point Pelee!
"Point Break"
Large ice formations at the tip of Point Pelee!
“Point Break”
There were ice formations of every kind, just frozen solid in all directions. These pointed shards were 3 or 4 feet tall, some standing with their points facing upwards, as others lay scattered after being pushed ashore weeks before.
"All Along The Watchtower"

A beautiful view from the tower at Point Pelee!
“All along the Watchtower”
This image was made from atop the metal tower at Point Pelee National Park as it overlooks the path to the tip, as well as Lake Erie as a whole. I processed this in black and white for a more striking image. Let me know what you think.

I hope you all enjoyed these images, I know I have been pretty absent with my photo blogging of late. Maybe this year will be the start of more regular updates, but one can never be sure. I hope that everyone of you is doing well, and that spring and summer will be much better times for all!

“Favorite Images of 2021”

Here we are again at the end of another year. And as has been customary for the past many years I have selected some of my personal favorite photographs from the current year, 2021.

These images aren’t in any particular order, but they do show some of where I’ve been this year and the scenes that gave me a feeling of peace, or a sense of excitement.

I hope you all enjoy them as well!

"Atmospheric Engagement"

Lake Michigan peaceful and calm near sunset.
“Atmospheric Engagement”
A very calm and peaceful start to sunset. The horizon in the distance is almost invisible and the clouds above seem to be hovering heavily over Lake Michigan!
"Sun Going Down on Me"

Golden Lake Michigan sunset during summer.
“Sun Going Down on Me”
One last look at sunset on Lake Michigan in summer. High above the beach on the stairs I was observing the golden glow making everything shine and placing the trees in silhouette!
"Pittsburgh Scenic View 5"
Duquesne Incline with cable car and Pittsburgh.
“Pittsburgh Scenic View 5”
On a beautiful late evening in Pittsburgh, I stayed watching the cable car go up and down Duquesne Incline. Such a gorgeous summer scene of this fabulous city!
"Sunset Upon Colchester, Ontario"
A golden orange sunset on Lake Erie in Colchester, Ontario!
“Sunset Upon Colchester Ontario”
Deep orange and gold hues in the sky and over Lake Erie as the sun set in Colchester, Ontario!
"On A Quiet Marsh Morning"
A peaceful summer scene of the marsh at Point Pelee National Park.
“On A Quiet Marsh Morning”
I enjoyed many hours along the Marsh Boardwalk at Point Pelee National Park in Ontario this year. The lush green aquatic plants, beautiful clouds, and peaceful sounds of the new day were very special!
"Point Pelee Marsh A New Day"
A peaceful summer sunrise gazing out over the marsh boardwalk at Point Pelee National Park.
“Point Pelee Marsh A New Day”
Another fabulous morning looking out at the boardwalk and marshland at Point Pelee National Park during summer!
"One Day At A Time"
Summer sunrise in Colchester, Ontario on Lake Erie
“One Day At A Time”
I really enjoyed this sunrise on a warm late summer morning in Colchester, Ontario on Lake Erie.
"Point Pelee Endless Skies and Sand"
tip of Point Pelee during summer. Looking back from the tip.
“Point Pelee Endless Skies and Sand”
I enjoyed many days at Point Pelee National Park this year, and one of my favorite things was to experience the ever changing view both of and from the tip of Point Pelee.
"Swiftly Moves the Storm"
An autumn rain storm over Lake Erie"
“Swiftly Moves the Storm 2”
Strong current and heavy storm clouds when a early autumn rain storm passes by on Lake Erie.
"Take A Walk With Me"
Amazing fall color in Michigan.
“Take A Walk With Me”
We had a late but amazing fall color season in Michigan this year. The maple trees put on quite a show!
"Winter Wonderland Dream"
Snow laden winter wonderland.
“Winter Wonderland Dream”
Who doesn’t love a winter wonderland! This was a particularly inviting scene to me with the snow laden branches in dark contrast to the water, as well as the slight glow of a morning sunrise!

I hope that all of you have a very happy New Year, and that 2022 gives you plenty of adventure, enjoyment, good times, and most of all to stay healthy while enjoying whatever it is that you love to do!

Peace and Kindness to all,

Rachel Cohen

Lake Michigan Scenes

"Beach Grass Sunset"

On a recent visit to an area near South Haven, Michigan I was treated to the beauty that abounds along the shores of Lake Michigan. Enjoy!

"Heading down to the Beach"

Viewing Lake Michigan from the top of the stairs going down to the beach.
“Heading Down to the Beach”
What a perfect view of Lake Michigan’s splendor as you begin descending the stairs to the beach!
"Sublime"

An other worldly experience with calm water, fog, clouds and sunlight along Lake Michigan!
“Sublime”
The coolness of the water offshore created a fog which combined with the beautiful clouds and sun gave a wonderful ethereal feel to this beach view!
"Sand and Stones Random"

Beautiful and colorful beach stones in the sand along Lake Michigan!
“Sand and Stones Random”
I always enjoy looking down at the myriad of stones along any beach. These are some colorful ones seen along my beach walk.
"Sun Going Down on Me"

A beautiful sunset as viewed from the top of the stairs while gazing out at Lake Michigan!
“Sun Going Down on Me”
A spectacular and glowing end to the day! Perfect!
"Beach Grass sunset"

Gorgeous Lake Michigan sunset with beach grass in silhouette!
“Beach Grass Sunset”
Taking in just one last look at the amazing colorful clouds during the final minutes after the sun had set. The beach grass in silhouette really gave this scene an even better feel for me.

These are just a few of my more recent images. I know many of us during this last year have had limited travel and I have been one of them. I’m hoping that this summer will be the start of getting back to a more normal schedule, and also for posting more on this blog.

I wish all of you the very best and I wish you happy travels, enjoyable times with family and friends, and please stay safe.

“Best of 2020”

To say the least, this year has been wildly different for all of us. As for myself photography wise I wasn’t able to do much traveling, as I’m sure many of you also encountered.

I did manage to make quite a few photographs this year that I really love though.

So these are my personal favorite images from this wild and crazy year, 2020!.

They aren’t in any particular order. I do hope that you like them and that they bring you some sense of peace and happiness in these very difficult times!

"Sparkling Through Autumn Trees"

A gorgeous fall day with amazing color, blue skies, and a sunburst!
“Sparkling Through Autumn Trees”
This was an extraordinarily beautiful fall day with the colorful fall foliage, bright blue skies, and magical sunshine!




“Rushing Waves and Cotton Candy Sky”
After a stormy day along Lake Superior the sky lit up just before sunset and made a beautiful ending to a day!
"Miners Castle Autumn Colors" 2

Beautiful colors of Lake superior, the stormy sky and fall color at Miners Castle!
“Miners Castle Autumn Colors”
This was a cloudy day to start out with but the fall color as well as the lovely hues of blues of both the water and sky made a very scenic view!
Life is Looking Up"

A wonderful look up during fall with its spectacular colors and a bright blue sky!
“Life is Looking Up”
Another spectacular autumn scene as I looked up at the myriad of trees and blue sky within a forest in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula!
"Breakwater Skies 2"

Amazing clouds and colors of sunset along the rocky beach at Marquette Breakwater!
“Breakwater Skies 2”
Fabulous clouds and colors in Marquette, Michigan along the rocky beach next to the breakwater!
"Along Cut River Bridge"

Beautiful fall foliage down under Cut River Bridge in Michigan's Upper Peninsula!
“Along Cut River Bridge”
As fall foliage peaked I enjoyed a walk down below Cut River Bridge on a bright a sunny autumn afternoon!
"Autumn's Edge"
Amazing fall color and rushing waves along the shores of Lake Superior!
“Autumn’s Edge”
Waves rushing ashore and beautiful fall color were exhilarating on this late afternoon at Presque Isle Park in Marquette, Michigan!
"Stones of Miners Beach"

Dramatic skies and beautiful calm water at Miners Beach!
“Stones of Miners Beach”
On a cloudy and off and on rainy morning at Miners Beach I captured this beautiful scene of dramatic clouds, calm water. and beautiful stones!
"Sunrise Contemplation 2"

A gorgeous sunrise along the black rocks at Presque Isle in Marquette, Michigan!
“Sunrise Contemplation 2”
This is one of a very few sunrise images from Presque Isle Park in Marquette, Michigan on the black rocks. I witnessed spectacular color, beautiful reflections, and a sense of peace that morning! A single person was standing on the rocks also watching sunrise as a small boat passed by in the distance!
"Kitch-iti-kipi Autumn"

Beautiful reflections of trees and clouds at Kitch-iti-kipi during autumn!
“Kitch-iti-kipi Autumn”

This was a beautiful and peaceful autumn day at Kitch-iti-kipi with fabulous reflections of the clouds, evergreen trees, and larch trees along the water!

I hope that you enjoyed this look back on my Best of 2020 images!

My wish for this coming new year for everyone is that all of us in the world are able to experience a safer, healthier, happier, more peaceful, and more beautiful life in 2021!

My very best to all of you,

Cheers,

Rachel Cohen

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Nichols Arboretum Spring Walk

“Down a Lovely Woodland Path”
A refreshing morning walk at Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor, Michigan during mid spring when all was lush and green!
“Rhododendron Path”
This area of Nichols Arboretum with the gorgeous rhododendron bushes is one I often seem to miss each spring because of the short blooming season, but this year I was able to enjoy the full range of blossoms and colors!
“Rhododendron Bushes Abloom”
Spectacular deep vivid and light pink rhododendron blossoms on beautiful spring day at Nichols Arboretum!
“Rhododendron Blushing Beauty”
Soft and subtle pink rhododendron blossoms hidden in the shade!
“Orange Rhododendron in Hiding”
This image is a personal favorite. The deep orange hues of these blossoms and gorgeous greens of the foliage were just amazing this year and I was so happy that I could capture it

After quite a bleak winter and early spring of 2020 I thought I would bring you some beautiful, colorful, and relaxing images. I have stayed home almost exclusively for many months now, and will continue to do so, but I was able to venture out on a handful of occasions into local nature areas and these are just some of the refreshing and happy moments on my walk in Nichols Arboretum during late spring.

I wish for all of you around the world the peace and strength to get through this difficult time and I hope that some time in the near future things make a huge change for the better!

Happiness, Health, and Much Love to All!

A Taste of Spring

As winter is nearing its end I am looking forward to spring wholeheartedly! I thought I’d bring you just a little taste of late spring from last year. These images were all made in and around The Royal Botanical Gardens near Hamilton, Ontario. Honestly I could spend hours a day in each of the many garden areas they have! These images are just a few to give you a jump start on your spring. I hope they give you a feeling of happiness!

“Rock Garden Peace and Beauty”
"Follow the Reflections"
“Follow the Reflections”
“Finding Our Way”
“Orange Poppy Twirl”
“Light Pink Peonies in Sunlight”
“Pink Peony Cluster”

I wish you all a very happy end of winter as we head into warmer and more colorful times!

“Best of 2019”

Here we are again as 2019 draws to a close. As has been customary for many years now I would like to share with you some of my favorite photographs of the year.

I don’t usually have them in any particular order, but this year I arranged them by season. Beginning with a stunning but very cold sunrise from Lake Ontario during winter, and ending with some wonderful fall color in Michigan this autumn!

For many years now I’ve participated in Jim Goldstein’s annual “Best of” Project. I appreciate Jim hosting this on his blog each year, giving photographers the chance to share their “best of” or favorite images of the year.

These are just a few of my favorite images of this year, I hope you enjoy this short trip through the seasons of 2019 with me!

“Lake Ontario Morning Reflections”
A gorgeous winter sunrise along the shores of Lake Ontario!
“Foggy Spring Forest”
During a spring visit to Shenandoah National Park I enjoyed some amazing mountain views, but I especially enjoyed some lovely and mysterious fog on a walk into the forest!
“Magnificent Sunrise Silhouette 2”
Absolutely stunning sunrise and this beautiful tree in silhouette on the shores of Lake Ontario in late spring! A tree that I returned to many times as winter’s bare branches turned into full spring foliage.
“Tew Falls View Two”
This view of Tew Falls in Ontario, Canada was especially beautiful to me because of all the lush green foliage at the time.
“Fifty Point Marina Reflections”
I spent many days at Fifty Point Conservation Area near Hamilton, Ontario during late spring and early summer. The reflections on this day at Fifty Point Marina were lovely!
“Rock Garden Spring”
Another place that I spent countless hours at during spring and summer this year was The Rock Garden at The Royal Botanical Gardens. So lovely and peaceful. I explored every nook and cranny, and could do it again and again and never be tired of the beauty! Here you’ll see wonderful reflections of spring foliage and color.
“Marquette Harbor Lighthouse 2”
I love to walk on the beaches of Marquette, Michigan. The light was really beautiful on this particular morning and shed a warm glow on the sand, trees, and lighthouse!
“Canyon Falls Summer”
Photographing waterfalls in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a favorite activity of mine, and this year I thoroughly enjoyed photographing Canyon Falls on a drizzly warm summer’s day!
“A Presque Isle Morning”
The rock formations combined with the changing colors of Lake Superior at Presque Isle Park in Marquette, Michigan are always amazing to me. This was an early summer morning, and the warm glow of sun hitting the rocks, the bright green evergreen trees in the distance set against the beautiful blue skies made this a keeper for me!
“Maybury Sanatorium”
I had the opportunity to enjoy peak fall foliage in Maybury State Park in an area that used to be part of the grounds of Maybury Sanatorium.

I thank you all for stopping by and checking out my favorite images of 2019! I hope you all have a wonderful, happy, healthy, prosperous, and adventurous 2020!

“All is Gold”

Fall in the Allegheny National Forest in PA. this year was a spectacle of gold when I visited! Here are a three of my favorite images from the visit.

“The Midas Touch”
The magic of sunlight through fall foliage gave an All is Gold feeling throughout the forest!
The fog had been heavy this particular morning but was just beginning to dissipate and the sun started streaming through just as I turned the corner. I quickly popped out of the car and made a few shots before it all disappeared. Just more magical gold!
“Absorbed in Autumn”
A wonderful walk in the forest with the cool crisp air, bright sunshine, and colorful leaves!

Thanks for taking a look! In my next post which should be coming up soon, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite images of 2019. So stay tuned for that!

“Forever and a Day”

Well, it sure feels like forever and a day since I’ve posted. Sorry about that guys! Its been a busy past several months! Plenty of it was spent traveling.

I thought I’d share just a few images from this past spring till now. I won’t go into great detail in this post, but each photo has a little info about where and when it was made. Enjoy!

A beautiful combination of sunlight, fog, and clouds in The Blue Ridge Mountains during early May!
Gorgeous Irises later in May. A stunning array of them at The Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario!
One of my favorite sunrise images of this year so far. This one was along the shores of Lake Ontario!
During early summer, enjoying a rainy day at Tew Falls near Hamilton, Ontario!
A wonderful late summer morning in Marquette, Michigan along the shores of Lake Superior!
I never tire of the beauty to be seen at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising, Michigan!
A stunning late summer view through the flowers as you come up to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan!

As we head rapidly into the autumn season I hope you’ll have some time to get outdoors and enjoy the cooler days and changing of the leaves!