A Quick Trip “Up North”

Out the door at Saturday morning at 3:15 a.m. for the three hour drive to the Leelanau Peninsula to catch the sunrise. I arrived just in time to see the sun rising over Narada Lake near Point Oneida in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

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Shortly thereafter a layer of clouds blanketed the sky, giving me an excuse to go to breakfast. After breakfast I found a Sandhill Crane who was more than willing to pose for me.

I also drove up to the tip of the Peninsula to see the Grand Traverse lighthouse.

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Once More to the North

Once more to the north to shoot photos. Since the sun rises earlier each day, I had to get up even earlier to make the three hour drive and get to my shooting location before sunrise. Up at 3:00 a.m. and out the door by 3:15.

I started shooting on Good Harbor Bay, where Shalda Creek enters Lake Michigan. I had to share the area with a beaver, who was none too happy with my presence. I enjoyed shooting in “blue hour” before sunrise . . .

and the “golden hour” immediately after sunrise.

All that was missing, besides a good cup of coffee, was some clouds to make the sky more interesting.

From there, I headed back towards Glen Arbor, stopping at the Olsen Farm and along Thorosen Road to take a shot I envisioned a couple of weeks ago, when I was scouting the territory.

I next put on my waders and set up my tripod in the middle of the Crystal River, a meandering river that winds back and forth for seven miles from its origin on Fisher Lake to where it enters Lake Michigan.

The final stop was the Empire Bluff Trail, which offered a spectacular view of Sleeping Bear Dune.

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Fall Colors at Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore

I got up early on Saturday and headed north to the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore in hopes that the fall colors were still at their peak. I was not disappointed, although a little sunshine would have been appreciated.

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A panorama looking towards Glen Lake from top of the Sleeping Bear Dune. 

Touring the Sleeping Bear Inn

I got a rare opportunity to tour the Sleeping Bear Inn in Glen Haven, Michigan. The Inn was built in 1857 by C. C. McCarthy, who owned a nearby lumber mill. In 1878, he sold the Inn to Philo Chamberlain, who operated a steamship line and purchased the lumber mill and other properties in Glen Haven. He appointed D.H. Day as his local agent. D.H, Day eventually bought out Chamberlain. For more information, see Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleeping_Bear_Inn.

The Inn closed in 1973. It was subsequently used as a dormitory for the National Lakeshore, but today it is shuttered up. The Park Service is seeking proposals to restore the Inn.