Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Classic Michigan Shore

Classic Michigan Shore
Originally uploaded by argusmaniac.
Marjorie and i went on another photo safari last Friday, with the eventual goal of the Traverse City area. She had 10 or so theaters on her list to photograph, and I think her final ccount was 11. We started with Grand Ledge and wound our way through to the west coast near Muskegon, hitting Grand Haven, Whitehall, Montague, Pentwater, Ludington, Manistee and Onekama on day one. Saturday, we started with Frankfort, Point Betsie, Empire, Glen Arbor, Suttons Bay, Traverse City, and Elk Rapids. We spent a lot of time in Traverse City, and even saw Michael Moore there, promoting the Traverse City Film Festival, which looked like a lot of fun. I can't begin to describe many of the sights that we saw along the way. The rolling hills of orchards and vineyards, farms and gardens, beautiful cottages and awesome houses, small towns with character, and the many things that say "this is Michigan." One of my favorite images so far is this one from Portage Point on Lake Michigan, near the small village of Onekama. When I think of lake Michigan shoreline... this image is the quintessential embodiment of that. Not so much the lake itself, but the sky and the dunes, and the grasses.
We did almost 900 miles on our trip, and in 3 weeks, Marjorie starts college. So, this trip was extra special for me.

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