Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Blue Year

There's a New Year's Eve Blue Moon tonight, a once in a few decades occurance. I'm so glad I was there to watch the moon rise over the clouds. Happy New Year to all! More pics below:
Setting sun produces beautiful colors.
The pier is lit up.
Row of benches and pink sky.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Peek a boo

The sun is desperately trying to get out from under that cloud. Good luck, Sun!

Hunkering down

And I also drove past the harbor on the way to work, and saw all of these geese (and ducks?) hunkering down, trying to stay warm in the newly forming ice.

Too much awesome

I couldn't pick one image from yesterday.
The newly forming ice...
The amazing clouds...
The steam from the warmer Lake meeting the COLD air...

So here they all are. Enjoy.

Cool Cold

Tuesday it started to cool off and lighten up. Cool rays here.

I don't know how to prevent those sunspot reflections on the lens, and I'm not sure I really want to.

This was taken from inside my office--the reflection looks kind of cool in this shot.

Catch Up

This is from Monday, when it was dull and rainy.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Shiny Icy

There was a little bit of ice on top of the water this morning.

It was all melted by 10am.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


The air is about 0 degrees and the lake is still not frozen. Steamy.


Dull and cloudy from Wednesday 12/09. The rest of the Midwest got buried in snow, and we got nada. The warm Lake is making the air too warm for real snow to fall here. I feel cheated!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Not Brown Yet!

Usually, when the Lake gets all roiled up during a storm, the water turns chocolaty brown. So far today it is hanging onto the green with a stripe of blue. The clouds are full of snow, which is falling sparsely, but we expect a whole lot more in the coming hours.

More pretty colors

There are only so many ways to title a post about the colors induced by the setting sun. But here are some more of those pretty pics, anyway. From Monday, 12/7/09.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Morning Light: 4 views

This morning I took the lakefront route to work and took this pic at a park near my home.
Here is the empty harbor boatslip at sunrise
And the lovely tree at about 11am
Also 11am--just a perspective shift to the left.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Though the Weather Outside is Frightful...

The cyber-warmth is so delightful....

It's snowing pretty hard. This picture was taken just as it started--you can barely see the horizon right now. I'm ready for winter, so this is okay by me.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Afternoon glow

I like that warm glow on the horizon almost as much as I like this tree. It looks good in every photo.

Monday, November 30, 2009

A Shining Path

I post that title at risk of being associated with Peruvian Marxists, but what else would you call it?

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Explore the Shore

Guest photos from the shoreline just to the south of the usual places where we take the pics.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Happy 200!

This is the 200th post on Lakemichiblog. Sometimes gloomy days like this one yield great photos.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Frothy Chocolate

The awesomeness of the waves cannot be fully captured by pictures, but it sure does resemble a big frothy cup of cocoa or latte. Except noisy. Love the blue stripe on the horizon, too.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Roaring Dawn

Loud and wavy out there today. But the light was soft at 7:30am.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Office of the Rising Sun

The view on the way in to work this morning, about 7:30am. December at 7:30am should be a trip!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ruins* of her ice water mansion

Today is the 34th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. I chronicled it last year in this post. This summer I bought a children's book on the tragedy, pictured above. I read it last night to my 5-year-old, and he begged me to stop before the end, because it made him so sad.

*Or rooms? I've seen different versions. I think rooms makes more sense, but ruins works too.

Here's the video of the famous song:

And the lyrics:
The Wreck of the Edmund

by Gordon Lightfoot

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy.

With a load of iron ore - 26,000 tons more
Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty
That good ship and true was a bone to be chewed
When the gales of November came early

The ship was the pride of the American side
Coming back from some mill in Wisconsin
As the big freighters go it was bigger than most
With a crew and the Captain well seasoned.

Concluding some terms with a couple of steel

When they left fully loaded for Cleveland
And later that night when the ships bell rang
Could it be the North Wind they'd been feeling.

The wind in the wires made a tattletale sound
And a wave broke over the railing
And every man knew, as the Captain did, too,
T'was the witch of November come stealing.

The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait
When the gales of November came slashing
When afternoon came it was freezing rain
In the face of a hurricane West Wind

When supper time came the old cook came on deck
Saying fellows it's too rough to feed ya
At 7PM a main hatchway caved in
He said fellas it's been good to know ya.

The Captain wired in he had water coming in
And the good ship and crew was in peril
And later that night when his lights went out of

Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Does anyone know where the love of God goes
When the words turn the minutes to hours
The searchers all say they'd have made Whitefish

If they'd fifteen more miles behind her.

They might have split up or they might have

They may have broke deep and took water
And all that remains is the faces and the names
Of the wives and the sons and the daughters.

Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings
In the ruins of her ice water mansion
Old Michigan steams like a young man's dreams,
The islands and bays are for sportsmen.

And farther below Lake Ontario
Takes in what Lake Erie can send her
And the iron boats go as the mariners all know
With the gales of November remembered.

In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed
In the Maritime Sailors' Cathedral
The church bell chimed, 'til it rang 29 times
For each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald.

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
Superior, they say, never gives up her dead
When the gales of November come early.
© 1976 Moose Music,


It looks like the moon, but it is really the sun. From this morning.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Morning light

This pic looks oddly like this one, even though it was taken in the early morning and the other one was taken at sunset.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Can You Spot the Difference?

I really do not know why these are so different--taken seconds apart from the same location, but both are so pretty I had to post them. Note also the tree is bare. Winter, here we come!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sunset Silhouette

I barely remembered to take a pic before the sun set today, but I am SO glad I did!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Early morning vista

Daylight savings has temporarily foiled my plan to take sunrise photos at 7:30, but there will be some come December. In the meantime, this is a fine-looking tree with a lovely cloudy plume.