Vacation in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

July 2018

We just got back a few days ago from spending a couple weeks in the Upper Peninsula of  Michigan.  The first week we had all of our kids and grandkids with us (17 of us in all) for a family reunion and family vacation.  We had a great time! The weather was unusually warm for the U.P. hitting temperatures in the 90’s on four of the first 7 days we were there.  It was pretty toasty but fortunately, we were staying in a large house that was right on the shore of Lake Superior. We all enjoyed the beach a lot!  

At the end of the first week, all the kids and grandkids went home. Nancy and I went through some withdrawal symptoms not having all the family around us but we managed to pull it together and enjoy a 2nd week in a smaller cottage on our own. 

The U.P. always affords a photographer ample opportunities for some great nature/travel photos. I thought I’d share a few of my favorites from the trip with you here.  

Let’s just say the sunsets up in the U.P. are spectacular.  It seemed like every night, there was a different beautiful painting in the sky.  Here are a couple of my favorites from the 2 weeks. In this first one, I love the silhouette of the trees and colors of the sunset just slightly reflecting off the boats in the foreground. 

In this second sunset, the reflections off the water and in the clouds were a sight to behold! I love the various shades of orange.  A much different display than the previous sunset.  

One morning early as I was drinking my coffee down by the beach, I saw a Loon a ways out in the lake, Lake Superior.  So I decided to try out my new water-proof camera bag and the chase was on!  I put my camera with long lens in the bag, jumped (OK, maybe gently climbed into) one of our kayaks and started after him.  The water was like glass.  But the closer I got, the more he swam away.  I finally decided to give up and turned the kayak around for shore.  And to my surprise and delight, 3 Loons were following right behind me!  Here are a couple of them. And by the way, the water-proof bag worked great!

Another thing I’ve learned I can count on seeing if you’re up around Birch Point around July 4th is the wild Foxglove.  This amazing wild flower looks like an orchestra of colored trumpets.  I was able to get down low for this shot and get the early morning sun behind them to give it a glow.  

No trip to U.P. would be complete without going to Big Pines (Bay View) picnic area beach.  This has been a family favorite retreat for probably 50 years.  And it hasn’t really changed much in that time either.  It’s got lots of rocks which delights my wife who could spend hours just sifting and sorting through them all one by one.  One of life’s simple pleasures. 

One afternoon, we went out to a stretch of the North Country Trail. We have walked this many times even back when our 3 kids were young. I’m always looking for a nice of clump of birch trees and I found this one which I love! This photo is available from my Etsy store – click here for a direct link. 

Here’s one more from the beach along the North Country Trail.  I was fascinated by this young fir tree that found life in the stump of a fallen ancestor.  And the young fir tree looked incredibly healthy! 

I’ll wrap this blog post up with a shot I took at sunset one evening.  I’ve added this to my “Walk in the Woods” gallery. I love how the sunset is creeping in giving a warm glow to the scene as you imagine walking down this road to the boathouse at the end of the road.  Peace and serenity! 

I hope you enjoy these and all my photos here at AHP!  Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Facebook.  I’ve been posting a lot of pictures on Instagram that are not on my website or Etsy store.  If you see something there you like that you don’t see on my store, let me know and I’ll add it for you!  

Enjoy!  Blessings to you all! 

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