Water’s Edge – Lake Michigan

Decent beach. Quite a few pirates this time of year, though. *Hrmph*… tourists.

Mr. Gibbs: “Then, on the fourth day, he roped himself a couple of sea turtles, lashed ’em together and made a raft.”

Will Turner: “He roped a couple of sea turtles?”

Mr. Gibbs: “Aye. Sea turtles.”

Will Turner: “What did he use for rope?”

Captain Jack Sparrow: “Human hair. From my back.”

– Kevin McNally, Orlando Bloom & Johnny Depp – Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

About this image: digital photograph (Canon 300D) lightly modified in Adobe Photoshop


100 thoughts on “Water’s Edge – Lake Michigan

    • This beach literally stretches for miles, S.E.! Generally speaking there are places where it’s much more crowded (right near the end of trails / beach access, but if you walk out for a ways it’s not too difficult to find a nice secluded spot… I didn’t even have to do any airbrushing here… it was that peaceful!

  1. Beautiful image. I really just want to poke the little sand shelf….you know just to see if it falls. Does that say more about me or the image?????…Great image Sir!!

    • Agreed, Ms. D!
      Hahaha… this was a bit of a balancing act… mixed with paranoia of dropping my camera into the sandy surf! I’m sure it all looked very… um… ‘dignified’!

  2. All of your Lake Michigan art is making me long for the days when I lived near Traverse City. across the street from my last little cottage was Crystal Lake. Or I could drive 10 minutes to go to the beach at Lake Michigan.
    Most people hear ‘Lake Michigan’ and think ugh, pollution, icky. In fact, as you’ve beautifully shown, it is gorgeous. It’s damned cold to swim in but you can see the bottom even after swimming out quite a ways.
    Love this one too SIG πŸ™‚

    • Absolutely! And I’m afraid a few people might get that impression from this shot as well (I liked the moody quality of this shot, but I really should post a few from when the sun was shining and the water was in full electric blue()s), too)! I completely agree with you… beautiful… COLD, but beautiful!
      Thank you so much, Ms. B!

  3. What is it about Pirates of the Caribbean that is so enjoyable? Maybe it’s the way they say AARGH and walk the plank. Maybe it’s all the eyeliner that Johnny Depp wears. πŸ™‚

  4. This is a beautiful shot, love the texture the rocks and such add to the sand. A little overcast, a great day for the beach. You are the king of movie quotes!

    • Why, thank you, Patti! With a location like this it seems impossible to mess up every shot… so I just kept shooting with my fingers crossed!
      Hahaha… well, I’m hoping that if some of my posts are a little… ‘unusual’ these quotes will give folks something else they can talk about to, if they’d like!

  5. The Composition works beautifully Bob – A primiordial beach with no sign of the human habitation that wiill eventually destroy the planet! Good shot πŸ™‚

    • Thank you very much, Martin!
      One of the nicest thing about this place is that (despite it’s rapid increase in popularity as more people are finding out about it) the beach stretches on for such a great distance that (if you are willing to walk for a bit past the more populated beach access points) you are bound to find a fairly secluded spot like this… which I always appreciate!

  6. Ditto all the comments here about this being a beautiful shot–I like the moodiness of it, with the clouds looming, the stark look of the sand and pebbles. How were you positioned to get this shot, by the way?

    • Thank you very much, Madame!
      Hahaha… I believe the technical term for this kind of delicate balancing act is ‘a** over teakettle’…
      I can’t even image how completely ridiculous I must have looked!!!

  7. Wow over seventy comments and I am just getting here,
    how rubbish is that? 😦 I like your beach offering SIG πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Now where is the nude section it has to be somewhere πŸ˜‰

    Just kidding πŸ™‚ lol Have a great evening SIG πŸ™‚


    • No worries, Andro! Such a kind visitor is never late to the party! I always appreciate your stopping by… believe me, I know how busy things can get (and stay), sometimes!
      Hahaha… perhaps I stumbled in the wrong direction for that… a quick revisit of the photographic evidence reveals… very little evidence!
      Thanks so much, A.G.! I hope you have a fantastic weekend, sir!

      • You are always very kind my great friend,
        I like your new creation too and will be calling
        in to add my thoughts to that one soon πŸ™‚

        In the meantime have
        a very good morning SIG πŸ™‚


    • Thank you very much, Deb!
      It’s kind of funny I was so interested in playing with distortion of such a small scale scene considering there were some giant cliffs of sand / dunes only a few feet away from where I took this!

    • Oh, boo!
      What’s the deal with all the talented kids leaving such self-deprecating comments today?
      And what’s the deal with my spell-check having two options for self-depreciating? I guess I’ll just try one of each for good measure.

  8. Will Turner: β€œWhat did he use for rope?”

    Captain Jack Sparrow: β€œHuman hair. From my back.”

    If I was Captain Jack Sparrow I would have said… Β¨Human hair. From my legs.Β¨
    …. ItΒ΄s been a while since I shaved them… buhaaahaaaa.

    Dear friend, I should visit you more often… there is something about your photos and dialogues that always make me smile πŸ™‚ Thank you.

    • Oh, thank you so very much, Juana!
      I’m always so spoiled by your stopping by… your sincerely kind and generous comments always make me smile!
      I appreciate it very, very much, Juana!

    • Thanks so much, sir!
      I was shooting pretty much as wide-open as I could get, so the extremely shallow depth of field really does mess with the sense of scale even more (especially since so much of the foreground was blurred out in this instance).
      Great eye, sir!

  9. Great shot. Reminded me of childhood summers at the beach on Lake Erie. It also reminded me of Sand Hills Park in Ontario.

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