Pure Michigan

Pure Michigan

I had the opportunity to visit Traverse City for a week over the 4th of July holiday to cover the Detroit Red Wings Rookie Camp for Fox Sports Detroit.
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-American Flag on West Grand Traverse Bay-

Let me just get it out of the way that I absolutely LOVE Traverse City it’s surrounding area. This region has such an abundance of beautiful scenery, surreal Northern Michigan scenes, history and great people. Unfortunately I was working on this trip so I wasn’t able to explore as much as I wanted. Again I traveled up Old Mission Peninsula because I love it’s beauty and old historic feel. This time I decided to travel all the way up to the Old Mission Lighthouse Park and I was not disappointed.

 

Now, there really is no wrong time to visit the Park but I found Sunrise is such a surreal time to take in this historic area. The landscape of the beach to the Lighthouse grounds is something out of a fantasy book.
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-Twilight at the Old Mission Lighthouse-

This morning seemed to be a little more special than others. The sky I captured at twilight over the Lake was almost blood red and then an on fire type color, a Sailor’s warning they say. Look at these couple pictures, truly a surreal sky.
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As twilight continued and the Sun creep closer to rising I turned to the Lighthouse.
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As you can see, how the creeping sunlight played off the clouds in the background of these shots was awesome. These snapshots alone are enough to justify the trip. As I made my way back down to the water, I waited for the sun to rise and again I was not disappointed by Mother Nature. These are two of my favorite pictures I’ve ever taken. I feel they capture the moment, the light, Pure Michigan.
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Looking at these pictures really puts me back to that spot and I hope as you’ve read this you too have felt like you were there with me. The Traverse City area is such a rich experience that I encourage anyone to take the trip “Up North” and experience all that Michigan has to offer. This is just one spot out of many throughout Michigan that should be spotlighted and visited.

Now, you could see this sky else where but there was something about these scenes, this location that made it feel even more special. That is what Pure Michigan is all about.

Check out my Portfolio for more pictures from this morning and much much more!