“Grand Hotel” mono

The year 2012 was the 125th anniversary of the famous Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan. A beautiful and timeless place to stay while on a visit to Mackinac Island.
This image is taken off shore on Lake Huron. I processed this in both color and black and white. I decided to present it in B&W here on the blog.
For anyone who has visited Mackinac Island, or the Grand Hotel, this is a classic shot! Enjoy! 🙂

The wonderful Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island!
The wonderful Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island!

“Where Lake Michigan Was”

Lake Michigan is a a wondrous place to see. There are so many variations in the types of shoreline, whether it be a sandy beach, rocky shore, or huge sand cliffs. Also the water colors can go from variations of blues, to greens and sometimes browns.
At this location I was surprised this year to see how much the drought had affected Lake Michigan. I know it affected smaller lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams terribly!
I took this shot from a very low vantage point because of strong winds, but it really gives you an idea of where the water used to be, which is the area where you see the rocks. You can still see the strong surf that day as it was quite windy, and the waves were high.
The sky was also quite beautiful and the cloud movement was swift with the wind current!
I’m hoping that there will be enough precipitation this year to make up for what was lost. I hope that when I see this shoreline next year the view will be that of much more water!
For now though we can enjoy that which is now exposed, and discover things that have been hidden for hundreds of years.
We have such a bounty here in the States and in Canada of having the Great Lakes, which are really unlike any other in the world. We should visit them, enjoy, and take care of them.
Make sure that wherever you go, you take only photographs, and leave only footprints. Preserve what God has given us so that all the generations that come after us are still able to enjoy the bounties!! 🙂

"Rocks, surf, and layers of clouds"
“Rocks, surf, and layers of clouds”

“My Ten Favorite Images from 2012”

This year has be an interesting one for me. I had the chance to do more travelling than usual, which gave me many more photographic opportunities. Sometimes though it’s the images you take that are close to home that you end up liking the best. Here are ten images mostly from the late summer through autumn that I like the best. I have many more that I could say the same for, but for the sake of brevity I will limit it to Ten. The images are in no particular order. Enjoy!

A stormy day on Lake Michigan at Sleeping Bear  Dunes National Lake Shore.
A stormy day on Lake Michigan at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore.
Upper Tahquamenon Falls in early autumn.
In Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Upper Tahquamenon Falls in early autumn.
In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
A stormy windy day on Lake Michigan in the Upper Peninsula.
A stormy windy day on Lake Michigan in the Upper Peninsula.
Loving the beauty of early autumn on a scenic rural road in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Loving the beauty of early autumn on a scenic rural road in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Beautiful reflections along an inland lake.
Beautiful reflections along an inland lake.
Beautiful Arch Rock on Mackinac Island. 
Girls down below are writing messages with rocks.
Beautiful Arch Rock on Mackinac Island.
Girls down below are writing messages with rocks.
Shimmering sunrise on Lake Huron with Mackinac Island in silhouette.
Shimmering sunrise on Lake Huron with Mackinac Island in silhouette.
Gorgeous fall foliage on a beautiful winding rural road.
Gorgeous fall foliage on a beautiful winding rural road.
Loving the rails on a stormy autumn day.
Loving the rails on a stormy autumn day.
Gazing across one lake, through fall foliage, over Lake Superior, and onto Canada.
Gazing across one lake, through fall foliage, over Lake Superior, and onto Canada.

After going through so many images, it was really difficult to decide, and had to leave out many that I would have liked to include. You can find links on this blog to my sites and where to view more images.
Best wishes to everyone, both now and in the coming year!!!

“Of a Certain Time”

I find a lot of beauty in all types of architecture from historic to modern, from small architectural details to that of grand buildings, and everything in between.
Last summer I did quite a bit of architectural photography. Much of it was from buildings built in the early 1900’s to the 1920’s or so.
This particular image is a section of one of the heads of a column on a grand building with many columns. The time period was from the 1920’s.
Going monochrome seemed to lend itself well, especially as the subject was basically off white in color.
Sometime in the future I’ll feature the entire building in a post. Enjoy!

The beauty of historical architectural details!
The beauty of historical architectural details!

“Forgotten Spiral”

I love spiral staircases, and don’t often see them. The huge lavish type are a whole different story. I hope to see some of those and photograph them some day!!
These spirals are from an historic lighthouse, a lovely old one, and are really showing their age. The metal spiral stairs that were at one time painted a bright white have become rusty, well worn and dirty over time.
I decided to process this image in keeping with the total feeling of the lighthouse. It brings out even more of that beautiful old historic and worn feel!

The beauty of old spiral stairs!
The beauty of old spiral stairs!

“Autumn on Campus”

There’s something so inviting and beautiful when you think about school, or college campuses during autumn’s colorful foliage season!
This image is no exception. It was taken a couple of months ago at the very end of peak color. The combination of the trees and their foliage, the pathways, lamp posts, and buildings seemed to all just flow together into one lovely autumn image! Enjoy! 🙂

Amazing autumn color on a university campus!
Amazing autumn color on a university campus!

“Laser Tag”

I had some fun with lights in this image. Lots of color going in every direction. The first thought that came to my mind was laser Tag!
So, enjoy this colorful abstract light image!! 🙂

Lights on display
Lights on display