Category: Great Lakes

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 17

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 17
It’s warm again on Thursday. Melting warm. The jagged edges of the ice floes are coated with dirt. Understandable I guess, being right on the edge of a large city, but it seems incongruous on Lake Michigan – this amazing natural phenomenon. I was standing there admiring the patterns in the ice when I noticed footprints... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 16

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 16
Wednesday, Lake Michigan was blue again – a balmy 27° day. I came at evening rather than lunch and I walked to the furthermost point I’ve been yet on this pilgrimage. Actually it’s the furthermost point south that I’ve walked along the Chicago lakefront ever. There were other people there with me. Tuesday I saw... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 15

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 15
Okay, if any day was a day not to go on a pilgrimage to Lake Michigan today was it. Man was it cold! I bundled up but this was numbing. I took a little extra time to walk out south along the shore. Out for a stroll in the chill. And it sunk in. For... Read more »
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Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 14

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 14
Well  you might think that today I would get a pass on my pilgrimage to Lake Michigan given that it’s solidly below zero and getting worse by the minute. But that’s not what we pilgrims are like. We follow through. Besides I had a mission to accomplish today that transcended a lot of things. So... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 13

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 13
Today on my trek down to Lake Michigan I thought about taking risks and teamwork. Each day as I step out and turn eastward my mood transitions until almost ‘of a sudden’ I see the blue in the open space ahead. That brings clarity. Today, ‘the journey is the destination’ came to mind. I held... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 12

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 12
“Crisp” would be a word for my pilgrimage to Lake Michigan today. Wow it’s cold! And sunny! And the fresh air: surprisingly welcome. Beyond the harbor where the ice is white, the lake is deep blue today. An article this morning said that over 60% of the Great Lakes is frozen. This is good news... Read more »
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Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 11

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 11
When I first set out to do a pilgrimage to Lake Michigan every lunch hour I didn’t know what to expect. In fact I think it’s safe to say I had no expectations aside from just doing it. Now after two weeks it’s taking on a different dimension. For one thing I’m falling in love... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 10

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 10
My Lake Michigan pilgrimage was more internal today. Internal as in inside. As in inside the house. The kitchen to be specific. A small plumbing disaster created our own little lake on the floor of my parents’ kitchen. Okay, it was a puddle. Together with a messy bunch of flooded under-the-kitchen-cabinet type stuff. But it... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 9

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 9
Today I didn’t go to Lake Michigan on my pilgrimage because I am landlocked. I am in central Wisconsin, more-or-less midway between the two great bodies of water that border my home state: Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River. Being resourceful though, I went down to photograph the lake in my hometown. Out there were... Read more »
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Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 8

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 8
Turns out that tonight I wasn’t the only one making a pilgrimage to Lake Michigan. I joined a band of hardy souls – diehards paying respects to the freezing lake. 18° and swirling snow made for a beautiful view but also very short battery life. I’ve been thinking about an article I read the other... Read more »