Sign of Spring

This morning I saw the first robin of the year here as the skies were sunny and beginning to melt the recent snowfall. Its been a mild winter in Southwest Michigan, although the month of March has been colder and had its share of snowfall so far. I’m looking forward to no more snow soon until next winter ūüôā

Photo Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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For those of you who may¬†not have noticed the link to Flickr where some of my favorite photos reside, please click on the image below to take a look ūüôā

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A Beautiful Day in Michigan

I enjoyed some wonderful views and landscape scenes this afternoon in Southwest Michigan. The first image is of an old shed I discovered overgrown with vegetation:

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I also found what I think were Blue Spruce trees and other evergreens in a meadow:

PineAnd of course I couldn’t resist photographing the rolling hills I found as clouds rolled along overhead:

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So this was just another beautiful summer day in Michigan I’m happy to share with you here ūüôā

Appreciation of Nature and the Outdoors

I recently created this video showing¬†some of the work I’ve done. I hope you enjoy it. ūüôā

Michigan’s Waterfall Wonders

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Photos and Story Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Above from left- Sable Falls, Chapel Falls, Agate Falls and Munising Falls

The waterfalls of Northern¬†Michigan stir feelings of power,¬†renewal, wonder, tranquility¬†and beauty as they rush¬†forward in their never-ending¬†journey that is part of nature‚Äôs¬†wonder.¬†There are many to be seen in my¬†home state, although driving to¬†some near the Michigan, Wisconsin¬†border from where I live in Southwest Michigan¬†would be¬†the equivalent of driving past Pittsburgh,¬†Pa. That‚Äôs about nine hours¬†of nonstop driving over a distance¬†of about 500 miles. However, if you¬†take a shortcut via Muskegon‚Äôs Lake¬†Express Car Ferry, the drive from¬†Milwaukee is about 300 miles or 5¬†1‚ĀĄ2¬†hours of driving.

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Bond Falls

Two of the falls to visit in the far western Upper Peninsula are Agate Falls and Bond Falls. The pair are great to see in autumn with the colored trees accenting the beauty of whitewater spilling over dark rock formations.

Upstream from Bond Falls is an amazing palette of colors reflecting in the water before it travels further downstream where the water is less tranquil.

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The falls themselves can be viewed from the sides or straight on with any angle being an impressive sight.

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Bond Falls

And Agate Falls is no less striking with its dark slate rocks over which a constant tumult of water cascades.

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Agate Falls

For those who enjoy a nice¬†hike, Chapel Falls near Munising¬†might be a great place to visit.¬†Close to the end of a hike of¬†1¬†1‚ĀĄ2 miles and through a forested¬†trail, a distinct rumble eventually¬†turns into a roar as the forest¬†opens into a clearing.¬†There the 60-foot tall waterfall¬†presents itself surrounded¬†by trees, which are beautifully¬†colored in the fall.

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Chapel Falls

For more easy access there are other choices in Michigan including the more modest but still beautiful Scott Falls near Au Train and Haven Falls near Lac la Belle. Both are located just off the road. Each of the falls has its own unique character.

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Scott Falls

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Haven Falls

Sable Falls near Grand Marais has a much different look than the others. With a more gentle slope over a longer area, water cascades 75 feet down several cliffs until it reaches Lake Superior.

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Sable Falls

Perhaps the most well known¬†waterfall in Michigan‚Äôs Upper¬†Peninsula is the renowned¬†Tahquamenon Falls. Aside from¬†the world famous Niagara Falls,¬†Tahquamenon is the largest¬†waterfall east of the Mississippi¬†River at about 200 feet wide¬†with a 50 foot drop.¬†Its water has a distinct brown¬†color. About a 1¬†1‚ĀĄ2 hour drive¬†north of the Mackinac Bridge,¬†Tahquamenon Falls, appropriately¬†is located in Paradise.

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Tahquamenon Falls in Winter

For those who would brave the cold and snow of winter in the Upper Peninsula, Tahquamenon along with its sister waterfalls are marvelous to see in their frozen state as well. Any season is a great time to see these wonders of nature in Michigan.

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Luminous Green

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

The waves of Lake Michigan themselves can make for a great photographic subject. Each is unique and ever changing. In this case I caught the sun backlighting the wave, revealing luminous shades of green at the wave’s peak.

Nature’s Decorations

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These birds reminded me of Christmas tree ornaments as they rested on the branches of a pine tree.

Blue Day

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Lake Michigan provides many different looks¬†– this day was a blue day ūüôā

Falling Water in Autumn

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Chapel Falls near Munising, Michigan was a beautiful subject to photograph after a one and a half mile hike through nearby woods. The water cascaded down 60 feet toward Chapel Lake.