Monday, June 24, 2013

Dreamland of the Sleeping Bears - Leelanau


Looking out from the Sleeping Bear Dunes to North Bar Lake and Lake Michigan.
Well, I am late posting again.  At least this time I have a better excuse than just, "I was really busy".  In fact, it was sort of the opposite, I was on vacation.  I was away for a week in Good Morning America's "Most Beautiful Place in America", the Leelanau Peninsula in northern Michigan.  But I was vacationing in and marveling at the beauty of the Leelanau for many years before Good Morning America discovered it, and hopefully, I'll continue to travel there for many years to come.  It's become my annual dose of life medicine -- I sometimes feel like I need to go there in order to keep breathing sanely for another year to come.

Today, I thought I would share some photos from my vacation.  We stayed in Glen Arbor, which is a small town settled between Lake Michigan and Big Glen Lake and Little Glen Lake, as well as being adjacent to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  I hope these photos give you some inkling of the peace and amazing beauty of this place.


Views from the Sleeping Bear Dunes 

Looking out from the Sleeping Bear Dunes to Big and Little Glen Lakes

Another view of the Glen Lakes

Looking out over the dunes to Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands

Another view from the top of the dunes out over Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands

A large sand dune sloping down to the Lake Michigan shore.

Looking down at Lake Michigan from the top of a dune.

A view out over the dunes with Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands in the background.
 
Another view out over the Sleeping Bear dunes to the lake and islands.

Sandy dunes and deep blue Lake Michigan.

Another view down to the shore from the top of a tall dune.


 At Willow Vineyard, Near Sutton's Bay

Looking out over the vineyard to Lake Michigan.

My family - Tony, Dan, Matt, Betsy and me - at Willow Vineyard.


Scenes at North Bar Lake and Lake Michigan

The Lake Michigan Shore adjacent to North Bar Lake.

The rivulet that connects North Bar Lake to Lake Michigan


A Walk in the Leelanau Woods on a Cloudy Summer Morning


The forest

Ferns cover the forest floor.
 
Cattails.

Unusual yellow flower.

White Birch

Pretty pink flower.

Cool 'shroom

A little wild daisy.

Berry blossoms.

Dew on the Cottonwood leaves.

Someday, these blossoms will be yummy berries -- wild raspberries, I think.
Can't believe I have to wait a year before I find myself in the Leelanau again. (Heavy sigh.)

As far as my creative efforts ... while I was away, I worked on some new "pink" pieces for the Lure for the Cure event, where I will have a booth on July 14, and I picked up some lovely stones on the Lake Michigan shore that I plan to use in a new Lake Michigan jewelry collection I am designing.  But more on these topics in later posts ...


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