Best place to view Bald Eagles

Bald Eagle

One of the best places in the United States to view Bald Eagles is Oneida and Vilas counties in Wisconsin and they continue to lead the way as the eagle numbers continue to grow.

Surveys done last year found a total of 1,695 bald eagle nests occupied by breeding adults, an increase of 105 nests from 2017. That’s a 6.6 percent increase and more than 16 times as many nests found in the first detailed surveys in 1974.

Bald eagles were listed then as state and federally endangered species and only 108 nests were documented.

North Bay

Sunrise on North Bay, Door County, Wisconsin. The bays and harbors of Door County range from shallow peaceful places to busy ports with busy towns and boats coming and going. This view looks east out to Lake Michigan. The bay is shallow with tall grass decorating the scene. Here the sun is just coming up, the mists are just lifting and we will be out kayaking shortly. 

Bond Falls

Bond Falls

Amazing Bond Falls in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  This is a series of small falls ending in a massive flow over a series of boulders near Paulding Michigan.

This is one of the lesser set of falls but probably the most interesting. The calm waters almost spray over the edge of the rocks creating a very picturesque scene.

The best way to get here is probably by traveling through Wisconsin’s Northwoods, cross over into Michigan and it is not too far from the border.

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Harbor Springs

Harbor Springs is located about 10 miles north of Petoskey, MI. This is a charming waterfront community that lies along the deepest harbor in the Great Lakes. The area offers an abundance of natural beauty, four seasons of outdoor activity and an array of cultural and culinary attractions.

This photo summarizes the area: beautiful summer homes with everything surrounded by flowers. Click on the photo for a larger version.

4th of July on Main Street

You cannot get more beautiful than walking down Harbor Springs’ main street with the old homes, flowers and flags.

Stairway

Mackinaw Point marks the junction of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Founded in 1889, the Old Mackinac Point Light Station was in operation from 1890 until 1957.

This is the stairway up to the light. Many of the Lights are open to the public for exploring.

Sail Boats

Tucked away on the northern end of Lake MIchigan, Harbor Springs offers the perfect area for all types of boating. These sailboats are fun to sail in the harbor or Little Traverse Bay. Larger sailboats allow you to explore various towns along the the lake or places like Beaver Island.

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After the Storm

Tornado spawning storms from earlier in the day have now passed and things at Holy Family Church are now getting back to normal. Storms moved in and out of this area for several days while I was there making very surreal scenes. Watch here for some more very interesting photos.

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Blue Moon

Mid morning a pair of tornadoes ripped through Wisconsin, crossed Lake Michigan and passed just south of Harbor Springs Michigan. About an hour after the tornado passed, Yacht Blue Moon found refuge in Little Traverse Bay and security at Harbor Springs’ municipal dock. Storms on the Great Lakes tend to be more dangerous and I am sure the passengers on this trip were glad to find refuge.

These storms continued through the next few days giving and erie effect around the town.

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Sailing School

Sailing School in front of Harbor Point. This harbor is surrounded by the point on one side and the town of Harbor Springs on the other side. The area is known for beautiful vacation cottages and a scenic commercial area adjacent to Lake Michigan.

This is a photo converted to the style of a painting. 

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