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Little Sable Point Lighthouse


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More vacation photos from this past summer. These were taken in Little Sable Point, MI home of the Little Sable Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse was opened this year allowing you, for a small fee, to walk up the winding stairs to the top.

Over the years I’ve been here at least a dozen times but never had the opportunity to enter the lighthouse.

The beach here is always occupied but never packed, at least when I’ve been there. Being an amazing beach area I’m always surprised at the lack of swimmers but it’s nice if you like an area without a huge crowd.

Libble Sable Lighthouse

Little Sable Point

Spiral Stairs

 

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Mother Goose and Goslings


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Mother Goose and Chicks

Taken at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor Michigan over the summer.

These goslings were in tight formation careful not to get left behind.

The gardens are a place for wildlife to exist without disruption other than curious humans who point and take photos. I’ve seen snakes, deer, all manner of birds, turtles, fish, plenty of insects and this summer a fox.

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Lake Michigan


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Clay

I’ve always been impressed with how clear the water is in Lake Michigan on a calm day. This photo was taken under water while on vacation up in Good Hart. Clear water can be misleading though when you look down making things appear closer than they are.

As the tide goes in and out the shore along this beach brought silt in which settled forming long paths of clay. When following these “paths” it almost looks like ancient roads from a lost city. Some portions of the clay are small enough to carry to the surface.

Stones

 The stones appear to be almost within arms reach however they’re at least 10 feet down.

We made several attempts to bring stones to the surface, sometimes with success but often times with no luck. The thing is it’s not hard to reach them them but once down there they are bigger than you think and trying to bring one to the surface is no easy task.

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Sunset on Lake Michigan


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Sunset on Lake Michigan

This photo is from our Summer vacation in Good Hart Michigan this past August. I miss warm summer nights and this place up north.

I’ve been contemplating getting away the past month or so but things have not worked out that way. Other than taking a flight far south there’s nowhere I can go within a few hours distance by car that’s warm enough.

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Lefurge Woods Nature Preserve


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It seems like each winter I think about how much time I didn’t spend outdoors doing the things I enjoy.
I can’t complain about the amount of time I spent outdoors over the summer this year. My visits to the LeFurge Woods Nature Preserve and Matthaei Botanical Gardens were frequent.

The photo above was from this fall at the LeFurge Woods Nature Preserve just a couple miles from where I grew up and less than 10 miles from where I now live. I spent hours over the summer here walking around, flying a kite with my daughter and at times just sitting for a while to think.

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Lizard


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Lizard

Last year while on vacation in Arizona I went on several hikes. This photo was taken at Thunderbird Conservation Park in Glendale. It was my third visit to Arizona and as always I was impressed with the wild life around the trails.

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Pink Flower


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Pink Flower

The Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor, MI is my favorite place to photograph flowers. I’m far from an expert in photography or flowers but they have a fantastic variety.