Hanging at The Mackinac Bridge Visitor’s Center- Michigan

Well everyone it is almost Thanksgiving. In approximately 14 days, those of you that celebrate will get together for some fun and fellowship with family and friends. I hope that in all the hustle and preparation we can all pause for a moment and focus on what is truly important…. Our relationships with others.

Colonial Michilimackinac Visitors Center
Colonial Michilimackinac Visitors Center

I thought that I was almost done posting Michigan photos, but then I ran across these beauties. Surprised that I could forget them: The Colonial Michilimackinac Visitors Center was easily one of the favorite spots of my whole trip. Located right off of I-75 in Mackinaw City, the  visitors center entrance is literally under the Mackinac Bridge. It is also near the fort, which I did not visit and within the state park. The visitor’s center was easily the priciest of all the places that I visited by far, but there are still plenty of things to see and do without breaking your budget, if you had one like me.

Welcome
Welcome

I like this area mainly because you can walk right under the Mackinac bridge and this alone made for some really interesting photo opportunities. I witnessed dozens of people trying to find the right angle and little kids skipping the large, round smooth stones that litter the shore. There are plenty of things to see, like the Keeper’s quarters, and the lighthouse; This is actually one of the few that you can go up into. Not into walking? There are plenty of benches and picnic tables to rest on.

This shoreline is also known as the Straights of Mackinac, it gives you a great place in which to photograph and view the lake and the entire bridge…a feat for sure. As you walk along and look out across the shores of Lake Michigan, you can even see Mackinac Island from this vantage point. I can only imagine the shots I could have come away with, had I had a nicer camera with a bigger lens,,,but I digress. If you are looking for a place where you can walk on the beach, see beautiful sights, take in some history and enjoy a nice picnic lunch…this is it.

I hope you truly enjoy the photos. Happy Thanksgiving.

St. Ignace Curio Fair: More Michigan Photos

Happy Wednesday, can you believe that it is almost the end of October? I am still editing my trip photos: upcoming photos will include a series of Michigan flowers and mushrooms I found along the way.

Today we are visiting The Curio Fair tower, located just outside of St. Ignace, Michigan. The tower climb is very entertaining , and the views of Lake Michigan and the Mackinaw Bridge are pretty spectacular. The Curio Fair building is pretty cool, the doors are heavy steel and the walls are rock and embedded sea shells. The gift shop on the main level is packed (walls/ceilings) with so may things,,,it would take hours to sift through everything. Although I do not usually purchase souvenirs, this day I did  purchase some Guatemalan worry dolls, to remember my trip and gift to others.

After ringing up our purchases and paying a small fee, we were directed to a door at the back of the room, where we started our climb up several levels to the top of the tower’s viewing deck. One thing is immediately apparent, graffiti is encouraged and lots of people do it. I didn’t, because once again I did not want to burden myself with anything but my camera. No change, no camera, some girl scout I am.

My party and I stopped frequently to admire some people’s artwork and others’ sense of humor. One bonus stopping frequently has, is that it helps take your mind off the fact that you are continually climbing up, and that the whole structure feels like it is swaying with the wind. Once at the top there are many windows in which you can securely view the Mackinac Bridge, as well as the surrounding lake and countryside. Or if you have the nerve step outside on the viewing deck, the views are pretty nice from this vantage point.

All in all we had a great time and saw some new and unusual things in the gift shop. All it took was an hour or two of our time, a few dollars and we created some lasting memories; Isn’t that what we are all trying to do?  As always I hope you enjoy the photos.

Michigan In September

Hello Again Dear Reader,

It has been a very long time. I just returned from a trip up North to visit family and friends….as always I loved seeing everyone, but hate the eventual goodbyes. Regardless, though my time was very much spoken for with traveling and other activities, I still had the chance to sight-see and take a few interesting photos. These were taken in St. Ignace Michigan, a small lake side city, just the other side of the Mackinaw Bridge.

IMG_7643This town is something right out of a Norman Rockwell Photo. There is a beautiful Lighthouse right in the middle of town, IMG_7670 surrounded by hillside houses and picturesque churches. IMG_7671

I enjoyed my time here very much and even thought, if I did not have such an aversion to the bitter cold, I could die here. But I cannot even imagine the cold wind that blows off the great lakes here…it was September and the temperature was in the high 40’s, very brisk for this Florida girl. IMG_7661

I could have spent hours trying to photograph the city, the lighthouse, which is directly across from Mackinaw Island, the crystal clear waters, but the sun was fading fast and it was getting colder. So I focused on what I could see and hoped I could capture how beautiful this little city was to me. So as always, enjoy!

Weary Wednesday – Finally Working on Colorado Photos

Here Kitty Kitty
Here Kitty Kitty

Happy Wednesday Dear Reader,

    I know the headline says weary, and my salutation says happy…but I am weary and as sad as that sounds happy for it. There is no amount of time that could explain this statement or my own struggles, but suffice it to say that even though everything may not be right in the world…I am happy to just be in it. So today I am finally going to start posting the rest of my Colorado trip photos. I will also attempt to identify the places and things correctly, a side effect of putting things off, and coincidentally my biggest pet peeve, but never the less.

     In the meantime I am currently working on a few more Gurushots. This time it is Fun With Shadows, this is a new one for me, because although I am always aware of shadows and how they can be used to enhance, or ruin a photo, I never really thought to make them picturesque. Not to be undone by any challenge I set out looking for opportunities, to advance my shadow skill set and it did not take long before the setting sun and my kitties (KiKi & Aimee), gave me just that opportunity. As always until we meet again…enjoy!

Garden of The Gods

Hello Again Dear Reader,
     One of the most beautiful places I have visited in Colorado is the Garden of The Gods. This scenic and awe inspiring recreational area- free to the public, as declared by the family of its founder Charles Elliott Perkins, is a must-see for anyone traveling in this part of the country. There are dozens of mammoth rock formations that seem to literally grow from the Earth. While walking through the public paths, you can see many types of wildlife…deer and birds in particular. I managed to snap quite a few photos of free roaming deer and birds perched and nesting everywhere.
     I could have spent days and days photographing this beautiful place and wish that I had more time to do so, but my companions and I hoped to get in a few more sights, before The Garden closed for the day.
     If you should ever get a chance to visit Garden of the Gods,  I was there in February, make sure that you take comfortable shoes. Because although you can drive through the “Garden”, it is much more enjoyable if you leisurely stroll through this beautiful and wondrous place. Enjoy! (This post can also be viewed in the above pages tab).