Sunsets from Sleeping Bear Point

I was able to spend a couple of nights on the Leelanau Peninsula this weekend to continue my efforts to capture this beautiful area in photos that do it justice.  Since I stayed on the Peninsula rather than taking a day trip, I was able to try my hand at capturing the sunsets.

Each night, I climbed the dune at Sleeping Bear Point, near Glen Haven, to get 360 degree view.  To the west was Lake Michigan, the Manitou Passage and South Manitou Island.

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To the east was the town of Glen Arbor on Sleeping Bear Bay, pictured in the lingering glow after the sun had set.


Neither of the sunsets I witnessed were anywhere near as stunning as some of the spectacular sunsets my family and I have witnessed sitting on the beach, but even a so-so sunset on the Peninsula is pretty awe inspiring.



Fouch Cemetery

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All around the countryside in Michigan are little, family cemeteries.  Many have been overgrown and are forgotten.  That was true of the Fouch Cemetery in Leelanau County until 2010, when John Sawyer, a retired Traverse City Light & Power maintenance employee, was driving on Fouch Road and noticed an American flag along the side of the road. Upon investigating, he realized the flag marked the grave of John Beatty (“J.B.”) Thacker, a Civil War veteran.  Next to Thacker’s grave was that of his wife, Emily Fouch Thacker, who died in late 1868.  Sawyer determined to restore the cemetery and set about doing that with the assistance of some local businesses.  The whole story is retold here, in the Traverse City Record Eagle

I stopped briefly at the cemetery the other day and took a few photos.  The 50-by-100 foot cemetery is home to seven graves:

  • Fouch, Hanerah, b. May 07, 1878, d. Aug 30, 1893
  • Fouch, William, b. Mar 28, 1870, d. Dec 25, 1890
  • Fox, George, b. Sep 05, 1854, d. Sep 14, 1942
  • Fox, Mary, b. Oct 05, 1859, d. Oct 08, 1933
  • Fox, William H., b. Jul 30, 1894, d. Feb 03, 1919
  • Thacker, Emily Fouch, b. Oct 31, 1838, d. Dec 02, 1869
  • Thacker, John Beatty, b. Mar 29, 1824, d. Mar 13, 1893




Closer to home

I stayed home this weekend, without plans to shoot.  But, the fog early yesterday had me running for my camera and heading up to Pickerel Lake.  Along the way I stopped to take a photo of this red gate that has always caught my attention.IMG_9749_50_51

At Pickerel Lake, the fog did not disappoint. (Click on photos to see larger.)

I headed back this morning to take these two photos.  I attempted them yesterday, but was disappointed with the results.



Another trip to Sleeping Bear

Once again, I headed up to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore very early yesterday morning, this time to catch the sunrise on Otter and Bass Lakes. The two lakes are a stone’s throw from each other south of Empire. After breakfast, I took a short walk up to Lookout Point on the Bay View Trail and then a longer hike on the trail at the old Treat Farm. That trail climbs up a dune the top of which offers a dramatic 360 degree view. After lunch, I came home along M22, through Frankfort, Arcadia, Portage Lake and Manistee, stopping to climb the Arcadia Bluff lookout. A spectacular day up north.

Otter Lake

Bass Lake


The view from Lookout Point on the Bay View Trail 


The Treat Farm Trail

The path to the Treat Farm begins at the Tweedle Farm on Norconk Road. The Tweedle family settled in the area around 1840 and established their farm at this location around 1895.

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The Arcadia Bluff Overlook