Category: Great Lakes

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 29

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 29
Well, snow and ice are melting and it’s all running into Lake Michigan. It’s also going into the deep tunnel and sewers, and hopefully not into our homes! The Water Reclamation District published a warning today in advance of rain expected tomorrow – and making recommendations about how to prepare. Rain is anticipated in the... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 28

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 28
The breeze is positively balmy and there are drips on my head coming from everywhere as I make my way down to Lake Michigan for my weekday pilgrimage. I was sad to not get here yesterday, which wasn’t due to the amazing snowstorm, but because I was sick. That snowfall yesterday was quite a kick... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 27

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 27
It’s Valentine’s Day on Lake Michigan with a glowing full moon suspended overhead. Three or four boats out beyond the breakwater surprise me. They’re sitting still, so I imagine they are there because of Valentine’s Day. A quick search online indicates there are quite a few Valentine’s Day “cruises”. “Nothing is more magnificent, romantic, vibrant”,... Read more »
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Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 26

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 26
There was a snowstorm today at Lake Michigan. Chicago got about an hour’s worth of it and I was out in its midst at the peak. It was amazing. Enveloping. Nearly everybody I talk to is just sick and tired of this winter. But I’m feeling a premature nostalgia about it. Yesterday when I sat... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 25

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 25
A little Rumi wisdom from my pilgrimage to Lake Michigan today. To borrow from another favorite, G. B. Shaw: “This is the true joy of life.” Stay on the focus. Stick to the plan…  Some things are the imperative. The One Thing You Must Do There is one thing in this world you must never... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 24

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 24
Walking down to Lake Michigan today is super refreshing. It’s so bright and clear and beautiful! Face to the sun, catching some Vitamin D. This is the life. There’s a boat out there moving really fast and I can only surmise that it’s an ice cutter. It slices across the horizon from right to left.... Read more »
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Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 23

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 23
Another nighttime pilgrimage to Lake Michigan today, after class. A couple of my students brought in photographs of the lake. One told us how he’d gone too far. “What are you doing out there?!” Someone yelled to him. “Homework!”, he replied. “Well, You’re not supposed to be there. Come back, but walk slowly.” For me,... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 22

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 22
It’s brilliantly sunny and freezing cold at Lake Michigan, and I forgot my snow pants again. I make my way through the drifts down to the shore and gaze out. It’s white and cold and still. I study the snow blanketing the ice. There is a texture in the crust near my feet and I... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 21

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 21
Today, on my trek to Lake Michigan, things were sublime. Snow falling, a gathering storm… The path to the lakefront wasn’t plowed. Snow drifted knee-high. Along the shore, footprints were frozen in ice; fresh snow creating galaxies. Most people I talk with are getting sick of this weather. Not me. Not yet. I’m fascinated, intrigued.... Read more »
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Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 19

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 19
It’s Monday, and as I made my way down here to Lake Michigan I relished the sunshine and the brightness; my pilgrimage today eliding into a field-trip. I’m scoping out the effects of light on surrounding surfaces. The idea is that I’ll bring my students out later this afternoon to observe. Light; the basic element... Read more »