» pure michigan
More like pure bone chilling cold, am I right? Apparently, when a cold front hits the area and the waters of Lake Michigan are still at 40 degrees, flip flops and shorts are not the proper beach attire. You need a full on body suit and ski mask. Well, maybe just some pants and shoes would have helped.

Cold or no cold, there is something enticing about the sound of rushing water. I could sit at the mouth of the Platte River all day, watching the glassy river water flow into Lake Michigan and get beat back by the ebb and flow of waves. The Platte River, incidentally, was not that cold. Had I been wearing a swimsuit I would have swam across it to check out the dunes on the other side. No one can resist dunes, except maybe Megan. They look totally enticing until you start walking on them, then you are like "geeze, walking up this sand is so hard, how do I get back to land."

Now, I love the Leelanau Peninsula area like anyone else who has been there, but one complaint I have is that I always spend a bunch of time driving when I am there. This of course is self-inflcited and it's a nice place to drive, but when you can't go 75 MPH, places that look close on a map are not all that close. So be advised, there are a lot of things to see and they are a bit spread out so if you don't want to spend all of your time in the car, plan carefully or just ignore all that other stuff and hang out at the beach.

Empire Bluffs with a bone chilling wind coming off Lake Michigan.

Glen Lake as seen from Pierce Stocking Drive.

Sleeping Bear Bluffs with South Manitou Island in the distance.

Dense forest. I think it would be hard to go jogging here, or to play frisbee.

Empire Bluffs.


A family heading down the bluffs.

Cherry blossoms.

Empire Bluffs as seen from the Platte River.

Historic Fish Town, Leland.

Sleeping Bear from Empire Bluffs.

Where the Platte River meets Lake Michigan.

A cherry orchard in bloom.

Old barn.

Megan and our yet-to-be-born child chillin' in the womb.

More trillium. In many areas they covered the forest floor.

Looking straight down the 450 foot bluffs of Sleeping Bear. The white speck in the top right is a boat.

Green on the trail to Empire Bluffs.

Looking south from Sleeping Bear.

New green.

Wave polished rocks.

Pierce Stocking Drive.

Lake Michigan.

Standing in Otter Creek, where it flows into Lake Michigan.

The beach near Otter Creek.


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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Fall 2012 - Summer 2013
Photos from around town in different seasons.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Fall 2011 - Summer 2012
Photos from around town in different seasons.
Fall in Ann Arbor, Michigan
October 2011
Fall photos, mostly from around the University of Michigan campus.
Lake Michigan
September 3, 2010
A windy, wavey day on Lake Michigan brings the surfers out.
Nordhouse Dunes, Michigan
February 27 - 28, 2010
Winter camping in the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness along Lake Michigan.
Lake Erie, Michigan
February 6, 2010
Checking out the ice on Lake Erie at Sterling State Park.
The Thumb, Michigan
September 6, 2009
Kayaking along the rocky shores of Lake Huron near Port Austin.
Spring in Ann Arbor, Michigan
April - May 2009
Photos of bright colors returning to campus and town.
St. Joseph, Michigan
February 8, 2009
Checking out the ice around St. Joseph before it melted away.
Fall in Ann Arbor, Michigan
October - November 2008
A few attempts at capturing the beautiful fall colors.
Frozen Coast, Michigan
February 16, 2008
Exploring the frozen shores of Lake Michigan, from Warren Dunes to South Haven.
Northern Michigan
October 19 - 21, 2007
Enjoying the fall colors in northern Michigan.
West Coast, Michigan
July 21, 2007
Checking out a couple of the beaches and towns of Michigan's west coast.
Northern Michigan
June 21 - 22, 2007
Canoeing the Pere Marquette River and checking out the Sleeping Bear Dunes area.
Northern Michigan
July 1 - 4, 2006
Checking out Grand Haven, Silver Lake, Sleeping Bear Dunes, and Traverse City.
Michigan Spring
April 2006
Spring pictures from around the Ann Arbor area.
Michigan Winter
December 2005
Winter pictures from around the Ann Arbor area.
Northern Michigan
July 2 - 3, 2005
Hiking the Manistee River Trail, canoeing the Jordan River, and making a brief stop at Wilderness State Park.
The Arb, Ann Arbor
January 2005
Pictures from the first big snowfall in Ann Arbor in 2005 when I skied from home to the Arb and fell into the river.
Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan
May 2003
A visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
My favorite photos from Ann Arbor.
Michigan Law Quad
My favorite photos of the University of Michigan Law Quad.
Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan
October 12 - 14, 2012
Unrelenting rain drenches our fall weekend trip.
Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan
February 24 - 27, 2012
Winter photos from the Leelanau area, including Pyramid Point, Empire Bluffs, and Crystal Lake.
Spring in Ann Arbor, Michigan
April - May 2011
Flowers erupt and warm weather returns to open arms.
Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan
February 28, 2010
Exploring Sleeping Bear Dunes in the winter.
Frozen Coast, Michigan
February 20, 2010
Checking out the frozen lakeshore of Lake Michigan at Warren Dunes, St. Joseph, and Holland.
Fall in Ann Arbor, Michigan
October 2009
Fall color viewed mostly from a few tall buildings around town.
Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan
May 16 - 17, 2009
Enjoying springtime in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Detroit, Michigan
March 7, 2009
Making a quick and rare trip to Detroit, checking out the haunting Michigan Central Station and a few other places.
The Thumb, Michigan
January 31, 2009
Hiking along Lake Huron to see the rock formations and lighthouse near Port Austin.
Nordhouse Dunes, Michigan
July 26 - 27, 2008
A quick overnight backpacking trip into the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area.
Winter, Ann Arbor, Michigan
January 2008
Winter photos from campus, town, and city parks.
North Manitou Island, Michigan
August 11 - 12, 2007
Backpacking on North Manitou Island, enjoying the sunset, and watching storms roll off from Lake Michigan.
Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor
July 14, 2007
Checking out the flowers and interesting plants of the Univeristy of Michigan Botanical Gardens.
Ice Storm, Ann Arbor
January 17, 2007
Pictures from around town after an ice storm coated all the trees in ice.
South Manitou Island, Michigan
July 2, 2006
Hiking to the sand dune bluffs on the west side of South Manitou Island.
Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan
February 27, 2006
Hiking and skiing around the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Michigan Fall
October 2005
Pictures from around the Ann Arbor area.
Sleeping Bear Dunes Area, Michigan
May 27 - 29, 2005
Kayaking on Lake Michigan near Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Winter Camping, Northern Michigan
December 2004
Winter camping near the Pine River.
My favorite photos from Michigan.
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My favorite photos of Turnip Rock, from both summer and winter.
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My favorite photos of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.