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.


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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Mackinac Bridge

Approaching this bridge you tend to get second thoughts about crossing it.

The Mackinac Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Straits of Mackinac to connect the Upper and Lower peninsulas of the U.S. state of Michigan. Opened in 1957, the 26,372-foot-long bridge is the world’s 24th-longest main span and the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere.

Longest suspension bridge spans in the US:

  • Verrazano-Narrows. Lower New York Bay
  • Golden Gate. San Francisco Bay.
  • Mackinac Bridge

Have been on all three!

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Sunrise on the Lake

Sunrise Lake Minocqua

Early morning on the lake brings a burst of color. The Loons are busy and fishermen head out in their boats to try their luck. Most of the tourists will be asleep for a while longer so everything is quiet.

Sounds: Echoes of the Loon by John Grout

Storm on Lake Minocqua

The Thirsty Whale

One of the great places on Lake Minoqua is the Thirsty Whale. Have lunch on the deck and drinks in the bar. It easily accessible from Minoqua’s main street or by car or boat. I only remember this as an old boat livery on the lake where you could store your boat, get repairs and gas. The building is originally built around the turn of the 20th century.

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