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Ideas for places to visit in the Midwest

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Life Saving Station

This is a Duluth-type life saving station that began operations April 1, 1896, serving the Portes des Morts Passage (more commonly called “Death’s Door”) at the entrance to Green Bay. In 1939 a boathouse was added at the end of a 200 foot pier. In 1990 the U.S. Coast Guard abandoned the station and moved the crew […]

Algoma Pierhead Lighthouse

The Algoma Light or Algoma Pierhead Light is a lighthouse located near Algoma in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin. The lighthouse was first established in 1893 as a set of range lights.

Little Traverse Bay

Take a walk on the very exclusive Harbor Point and you will see many scenes like this. This is Little Traverse Bay with the town of Harbor Springs on the other side. Known as “Up North,” the area has scenic towns and open farmland. The clouds are a little threatening due to a series of […]

The Gate

This is a gate to a private beach in an area of Harbor Springs, Michigan called Wequetonsing. This is a line of beautiful cottages along the harbor. One morning during an early morning stroll, as I was taking photographs like this, a man ran out of his cottage shouting: “are you a photographer?” I told […]

Five Mile Creek Schoolhouse

The Five Mile Creek Schoolhouse, located west of Harbor Springs on M-119 near Five Mile Creek Road, operated as a one-room school from 1915-1952. Over the years many different teachers educated a small group of students, fired the wood furnace, and cooked a hot lunch. This is on a stretch of road called Tunnel of Trees […]

Stacked Rocks

This is part of the scenic Cave Point County Park. Exploring the shores of Door County (a peninsula) you find a lot of the stacked rocks you see on the beach. Cave Point is full of low bluffs and water swirling under the rock. The rock piles are called cairns. These have become more numerous […]

Golden Hour on Lake Michigan

Sunrise on North Bay near Baileys Harbor in Door County, Wisconsin. This view always has spectacular colors but you have to get up early to see them. However, watching the full moon come over the horizon happens in early evening, a much better time.

Subtle tones

I really liked the soft tones of some photos I have seen and I have been looking for ways to accomplish the effect. What I found was that you really have to take these photos during the “Golden Hour.” That is, take your photos about 10 minutes before sunrise/sunset to 10 minutes after. The light […]

Mackinac Bridge

Driving across this bridge is not for the fainthearted. The bridge is over 26,000 feet long and if going, it is best to go to the bridge website for a weather report as the deck will sway in high wind. Since the deck is 200 ft above water chances for high wind are pretty good. […]

Morning on North Bay

A few minutes after sunrise on North Bay in Door County, Wisconsin. A great time and place to sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee. Perhaps heading out in the kayak afterwards? This is near Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin looking out to Lake Michigan.

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