Springtime in Northern Michigan

Spring comes slowly to the upper reaches of Michigan… it’s a beautiful time for leisurely walking and watching the world wake…

(click on the photos for larger view)

crocuses and trout lillies peek through last year’s leaves

fawns begin to lose their spots…

wondering eyes
…but their wondering eyes remain

fluffy ~ click to see all of him!
and a baby squirrel knows a good supper when he sees one!

ore boat passing sleepy town
further north, a huge ore boat glides past a sleepy little town ~ early morning on the shore of Lake Superior

beach glacier
a “beach glacier” holds hidden treasures…

lake superior agates
…buried all winter, they appear in early spring

graceful trumpeter swans in the warm spring sunshine ~ Seney National Wildlife Refuge

st. helena island
St. Helena Island floats serenely in Lake Michigan ~ view from Gros Cap

dreaming of summer and the next trip home…


  1. Lata said

    Loved the pictures esp baby squirell.

    I’m so glad you enjoyed them Lata! 🙂

  2. bee said

    wow, is that last pic dawn or dusk? it’s gorgeous.

    Hi Bee, actually it’s a midmorning photo, but I was playing with the exposure. Glad you like it! 🙂

  3. Reena said

    beautiful pictures. the squirral is so cute. 🙂

    Thank you Reena 🙂

  4. Coffee said

    CLAP!! CLAP!! CLAP!!!

    Beautiful pictures!!!!!!! The last one is a stealer!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you Coffee!!! So glad you enjoyed 🙂

  5. archana said

    Thanks for sharing such lovely pictures. Each one of them is beautiful.. Especially the last one is superb 🙂

    Thank you so much for the kind words, Archana — I’m glad you liked them! 🙂

  6. Nupur said

    Amazing…what lovely eye-candy to start the day with! The babies are so adorable…Bambi and the baby squirrel. But I better make sure Dale (our pooch) does not see the squirrel, the ones in our neighborhood are always teasing him, so he is not much of a squirrel fan!

    Hi Nupur — I know what you mean about those teasing squirrels — they like to tease my cats, too 😉 Hope you guys are on the mend there! 🙂

  7. indosungod said

    Linda, thanks for the visual treat as always. Lovely pictures!

    Thank you, ISG! I’m so happy you enjoyed 🙂

  8. jai said

    These are great pics. Never been to Michigan (if you discount a brief detour through Detroit and Kalamazoo eons ago!). Your pics sure do beckon.

    Thanks for the kind words, Jai. Detroit’s ok, but northern Mich. is *really* beautiful! Glad you liked the pics 🙂

  9. asha said

    Heaven on Earth Linda:))
    I love that Squirrel photo,can almost touch it.

    Asha, he almost let me touch HIM! That squirrel was not afraid of anyone or anything — probably too young to know better 🙂

  10. Mishmash! said

    Oh Linda….U made my day !! how lovely shots !!! especially the squirrel one and the pretty one ,”…buried all winter, they appear in early spring” 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this.


    It makes my day to think I made yours, Shn! Thanks and I’m so happy you enjoyed 🙂

  11. Sharmi said

    lovely pics of spring!! I too have captured some , will be posting soon.

    Hi Sharmi — I have been tied up for a few days, but can’t wait to check out your spring pics too 🙂

  12. Nabeela said

    Hi Linda, thanks for checking up on me. I am busy with end of the semester exams, projects, presentations and such…but the good news is, it’ll all get done by May 21st!!
    Look out for new posts during that week 🙂
    I’m sooooo excited about the summer!!

    Good luck with your school, Nabeela – will be watching for your posts when the semester’s over 🙂

  13. Sushma said

    Beautiful pictures Linda…thanxs so much for sharing.

    Also, I have an event on my website for Monthly Cooking Tipology for sharing cooking tips. Hope you would participate


    Thank you Sushma dear — I’ll try to come up with a tip for you soon. Hugs to you! 🙂

  14. sandeepa said

    Lovely pictures Linda…do you have a house by the lake ?

    Oh Sandeepa, that’s my secret heart’s desire — a little house by the lake! Maybe someday… till then I will content myself with visiting. Glad you liked the pics 🙂

  15. LC20 said

    Lovely pictures. I am lipped locked about which picture to appreciate more. Baby squirrel’s picture was awesome, since I’d tried a number of times to capture such a photograph, but failed.

    Hi LC20 — thanks for the kind words. Baby squirrel was easy to photograph, not because of any talent on my part but because he was so unafraid! He let me get very close. I was lucky 🙂

  16. mandira said

    gorgeous pictures LInda. I feel like I just came back from a long picturesque hike 🙂

    Thanks so much Mandira, happy you enjoyed them! A nice spring hike would be wonderful but we seem to have gone straight from winter to summer! 😉

  17. sia said

    WOW…beautiful pics…i liked the last pic, the swan one and the squirrel one:)

    So glad to hear you enjoyed them, Supriya 🙂

  18. sunita said

    Absolute eye candy…loved the pictures…isn’t nature soothing…

    Glad you enjoyed the pics Sunita — it is very soothing indeed, yes 🙂

  19. Mythreyee said

    loved the photos. You should upload this in photo blogs like aminus3.com

    Hi Mythreyee — thank you for the suggestion — I’ll take a look at that one of these days! Glad you enjoyed 🙂

  20. Dilip said

    fab pictures…made me go all dreamy….~grin~

    🙂 happy you enjoyed them, Dilip!

  21. swapna said

    WOW linda
    u are really a great photographer.those pictures are awesome.

    Aww, thank you so much Swapna — I’m lucky to have a great camera and that does all the work! I’m glad you liked them 🙂

  22. Lovely pictures as usual Linda….

    Thank you so much, Prema 🙂

  23. indosungod said

    Linda, Did you have a good Mother’s Day? No Indian dishes cooking in the kitchen yet after the trip?

    Hi ISG, had a very nice Mother’s Day and busy weekend, thanks! Saw your present on your blog… very pretty 🙂

    I haven’t given up my Indian food! Been cooking but no time to write the past few weeks… trying to get house and yard in order for possible sale this summer. I do have a draft of one of your dishes tho 😉

  24. Savannah said

    Hi there… This is truly a wonderful blog or collection of pictures… I was wondering what kind of stones those are? They look like fire agates but I’m not sure. Where did you find them? I had no idea Michigan held such wonders–the stones are least of it, I see!
    Thank you for sharing.

    Hi Savannah, and thanks — I’m glad you enjoyed the pics. Those are Lake Superior agates collected on the south shore of Lake Superior 🙂

  25. […] begins. We were able to take a quick trip to the Upper Peninsula in search of boats and birds and agates… then home to tend the gardens before heading back to work […]

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