We have a winner for the Mystery Spot Contest. She is Joan Asoklis from Shelby Township, MI. Please see end of post for the answer!
As I was looking through my photos a couple of days ago, trying to decide what to publish for Random Photo Day, I received an email from two of my most loyal blog readers, Steve and Tami Fridley from Indiana. Steve and Tami visit the Island as much as possible, and Steve always takes the most amazing photographs while he’s here. He sent me a link to a few from their last visit a couple of weeks ago, and they are so stunning I decided to forego my own random shots, and put up Steve’s instead (with his permission, of course). They are all so, so good – but his sunrise shots just blew me away.
Steve and Tami stayed at the Cottage Inn while they were on the Island, and Steve had to get up mighty early for some of these shots!
A freighter slips through the Straits on a dead calm day.
Can we ever have enough photos of Round Island Light? This one is really sharp, and the blues are beautiful. I also like how the two small red buildings off to the left show up so well against the blue.
The Marina at dawn. The buildings you can see (from left to right) are: The Richard and Jane Manoogian Art Museum (formerly the Indian Dormitory), Anne's Cottage, Brigadoon Cottage, the Yacht Club, and the Island House, ablaze with lights. You can also see that a few East Bluff cottages have not yet been closed for the winter.
Just before sunrise . . .
. . . and a few moments later.
Kites in every shape and color fly over Windermere Point . . .
- Backing off for a longer view, Steve captured the beautiful Iroquois Hotel.
I love this end of Market Street. The hustle and bustle slowly ebb away as you walk down the shady sidewalk to the water.
If I was a betting woman, I would say Steve took this photo of the Cottage Inn right after he sleepily stumbled outside to photograph the next three shots.
Downtown in the wee, small hours of the morning. The street washers have already been by, and everything is fresh and ready for a new day.
The Marina just before daybreak.
This one should definitely be a calendar entry. I love it, and I don't think I've ever seen Marquette Park in this early morning light. The grass, the street lamps, the sky, and St. Anne's steeple. Unbelievably beautiful.
Thanks so much, Steve, for allowing me to spotlight your photographs. Hope to see you and Tami when you’re here in October!
Thinking Out Loud
I’ve already begun trying to think of ways to improve the blog for next summer, and two of my ideas so far are these:
1) One day a week publish YOUR Mackinac Island vacation photos. Now we’d have to be very sensible about this. You couldn’t send me hundreds of photos and ask me to choose the best one to publish. Oh no! YOU would have to choose your best shot and send it in.
2) Maybe once a month I’d like to publish one of YOUR stories about the Island. Maybe it would be a favorite vacation story – something romantic, or silly, or dramatic, or . . . whatever. Or maybe it would be what made you fall in love with the Island and want to come here year after year.
Drop me a comment and let me know what you think of these ideas . . . or offer your own suggestions!
THE MYSTERY SPOT
The object of the Mystery Spot is to be the first to identify where the object is located. When you think you have the answer, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
. I’ll check my email several times a day, and as soon as we have a winner, I’ll post the winner’s name at the top of this blog so you can stop guessing, AND I’ll post the full photo of the mystery spot at the bottom of the blog with the answer. Is there a prize for the winner – yes there is; but the prize is secret, and the only ones who will know what it is are the winners. To be fair, I’m asking residents of Mackinac Island to please NOT guess. This is just for readers who don’t live here . . . but would like to! Also – don’t forget – you can only win once per season.
This Mystery Spot is a little different. There might be several of these same images around the island, but the one I’m looking for is the one you’ve seen nearly every week this summer on the blog in at least one of my photos. And the Mystery Spot is . .
Where is it?
Things are winding down a little now, but soon the fall colors will be big news, and I’ll have lots to report. While things are quiet, I’m going to take the weekend off except for posting the Mystery Spot winner.
I’ll be back on Monday with lots of good things – like photos from last week’s race around the island AND the story of how a leaky dishwasher turned into a brand new floor in our condo. The work is done, and I can’t wait to show you the results!
Have a great weekend, and God bless.
MYSTERY SPOT ANSWER
The horse and buggy image I was looking for is on the Lilac House Bed & Breakfast, which is so often seen in the photos taken of my blog readers when they visit me at the Stuart House. Here I'm with Paul and Elaine Williams of Yale, MI (earlier in the summer).