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Monday, October 31, 2005

Great Lakes

Take a look at these Great Pictures from the Great Lakes State! Thank-You Sue for sending in these wonderful photos.

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  • At 1:29 PM, October 31, 2005 , Anonymous Sue said...

    These are some photos from this fall...on a couple of excursions to take in the beauty of Michigan and the Lake Michigan shoreline. The first is a sunset at Pentwater (north of Muskegon). The mound in the front is someone's sand sculpture from earlier in the day.

    The cloudscape is taken while reclining on the bottom of our bassboat, watching my husband check out the view with his binoculars (in between moments of serious fishing). He fishes. I read. Actually this photo was probably taken at Higgins Lake in September.

    The lighthouse is a worthwhile trek (at least that's what we told people we met on the way back - nearly two miles) up the shore at Ludington State Park. It's Big Sable Point, and it's been restored in the past several years for the public to enjoy. It's awesome, and worth the climb to the top. The porthole pic is on the way up, looking out over the lake.

    The fisherman catching the salmon is NOT my husband, although he'd have liked to be that person. That's also at Ludington on a bright sunny October morning.

    I believe somone else suggested they were always the one behind the camera, as well. Someone in the family has to take the photos!

    Lighthouses inspire me, and since I love to write, I hope to fit that subject into my work in some way. It's wonderful that there are people working through lighthouse organizations to keep these beacons of hope going for all of us to visit.

    Thanks, Chris, for posting my photos! Sue

  • At 2:19 PM, October 31, 2005 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Thank you Sue!! You use the light so well in your photography. You have some really breathtaking photos here.

    So did your husband catch some salmon on that trip as well?

    And I really liked what you had to say about the lighthouse as a metaphor for hope. We can all aspire to be "light house workers" in a way when we encourage and inspire each other. I like that!

  • At 8:31 AM, November 01, 2005 , Anonymous Sue said...

    No, sorry, Chris, we only caught the fish on camera! For my husband, half the fun of fishing is just being outdoors and being around other fishermen, being around water, which he loves. It's a relaxing activity, and so it's good for your health. He catches most of his fish around the lakes near where we live.

    As for the lighthouse workers...I think we'd all agree that you are one of them!

  • At 6:51 PM, November 01, 2005 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Thanks for that Sue! I believe we all put light out there in our own ways.

  • At 9:30 PM, November 01, 2005 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    I've always kind of wondered why people like lighthouses - I do too, by the way - and kind of thought it might have to do with the romance of a time gone by, and the general romance of the sea faring life (or lake faring as those of us in the Great Lakes region are familiar with). But, I think you all have really described the true attraction of lighthouses - and that's the way they can represent so many aspects of what's good about life. Things like seeking out the lost, guiding others to safe harbor, and so on.

    This thread has given me some things to think about!


  • At 5:02 AM, November 02, 2005 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Dave, Thanks for the beautiful thoughts about lighthouses. I love what you have to say about guiding people to safe harbor. I think that truly is part of their appeal. The lighthouse volunteers I met at Big Sable (from Minnesota) spend a couple of weeks each summer living in the lighthouse quarters and guiding the public through. I'm glad there are groups working to preserve these historic treasures.

  • At 3:36 PM, November 03, 2005 , Anonymous Davew said...

    I've just come to truly appreciate lighthouses this past summer myself - seems odd that I've lived near the Great Lakes all my life and never took time to see what was right in front of me (typical of most "residents" concerning the attractions in their own home town I suppose). I know that most people who think about lighthouses gravitate to the oceans and would probably be surprised to find that we have so many in America's "heartland!"


  • At 11:47 AM, November 08, 2005 , Blogger Cassandra said...

    I live just 7 minutes from Muskegon, and must say that it is just as breathtaking as the photos show. After living in the polluted land called California, it is so refreshing to live in the fresh air, play in the clean water of the Great Lakes, be able to see the stars at night, and see deer playing in the forest.

    I spent my summer moving from California back to my home state of Michigan. I went from a 1,250 sq ft home on a city lot to a 4,000 sq ft home on 10 acres of land with a pond in our backyard stocked with large mouth bass and perch. We have enjoyed seeing deer prints around our pond where they have stopped for a drink, taking walks through the woods, and have acquired two ducks that spend their time slowly swimming around in the pond. It's great to be out of the fast life of California, and back in the beautiful land of Michigan. Living just 10 minutes from Lake Michigan is a great highlight, though it is nothing in comparison to living near the Pacific Ocean. I miss the smell of the salty sea air, the huge waves rolling in on the sand, and the ocean breeze freezing your face off (In San Francisco).

    This past summer has been fabulous, and we are glad to be back "home."

    Casey Duncanson


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