Monday, April 17, 2017

Nature A to Z Challenge

Of course N had to be Nature. I am so fortunate to live in an area that is bursting with natural creative inspiration. The fact that the Great Lakes are...great is a big part of it. We have 4 seasons, and there is a reason to look forward to each one. 

Winter gets a bit old, but that's another topic.

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore was named one of the most beautiful places in the world a couple years ago. My shot of that area above. All the images in this post are my own.

 Poppies have to be one of my favorite flowers. Short lived but they pack a punch.

Fall is my favorite season, until it's time for Spring. 

 This will be happening very soon, Trillium, then morel mushrooms!

 Michigan's Upper Peninsula is a step back in time & an amazing place to explore. 
Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore is another gem. Hiking, kayaking, 
cross country skiing, it can all happen there.

Critters. Another opportunity. 

This is the only image not from my home, but I was so enthralled by these bugs 
I  had to include them. On the Island of Vieques. Just off Puerto Rico.

Between water, Flora, moss, critters, sky, rock formations, the everyday scenes that present creative inspiration are non stop.

The sky's the limit. I couldn't resit.


  1. These photos are beautiful! Being from New York, I was unaware of these Northern Michigan wonders. Thanks for this post and good luck with A to Z!

    1. Thanks. I'm plowing through the challenge, loving it again this year. Amazing how Northern Michigan gets looked over. Mostly because it is not on the way to anywhere with all that wonderful water in the way.

  2. Ah! A breath of fresh air!
    I've driven through the UP a couple of times and didn't take enough time to explore the parks that you make so enticing. Someday... The rock formations? I had no idea!!!!! That'll get me back!

    And those bugs -- be still, my pattern loving heart.

    A-Z, we are over half-way there!
    N is for...
    The N Shoe:
    The N Truck:

    1. Glad you appreciate the bugs! Go check out pictured rocks area. Worth a visit.

  3. Fabulous images. we briefly explored in Northern Michigan last summer. We are going back sometime when we can take more time to see all the wonders. I also enjoyed your sky shots, I can't resist them coming from the "land of the Living Skies" myself.

  4. Gorgeous photos! I so agree - nature is a wonder.

  5. I love the image of the reddish purple leaf! I've been to parts of Michigan, but it was late winter (March) so I missed some of the beautiful nature.

    Trudy @ Reel Focus
    Food in Film: Nacho Cheese-flavored Chips

  6. Such gorgeous evocative photos - how delightful!


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