Photo Day! 6/26/16

This has been one of those slow news weeks.  I do have one little story to tell, and then the rest of tonight’s post will be a “Photos and Captions.”  I’ve got some great pics to share from both the beach AND our favorite Michigan island!

THE SEA TURTLE PATROL

Ted and I went down to the beach around 7:30 one morning and happened to arrive in time to watch the Sea Turtle Patrol in action!

This volunteers hit the beach early each morning of turtle season to look for tracks and new nests.

These volunteers hit the beach early each morning of turtle season (May-October) – at first to look for tracks and new nests, and then later on to check that nests haven’t been disturbed or to see if turtles have hatched.

We were very lucky that morning, because we spotted the new nest at almost the same time they did?

We were very lucky that morning, because we spotted the new nest at almost the same time they did!

I took this after they had staked out the nest. You can see the tracks of the "mama turtle" (obviously a very BIG mama turtle) leading up the the

I took this AFTER the volunteers had staked out the nest. You can see the flipper tracks of the “mama turtle” (obviously a very BIG mama turtle) leading up the mound of dirt where she covered her 80-120 eggs.  The sign on the nest gives the nest number and states the date it was found.  The eggs will hatch in approximately 60 days, and on day 45 the volunteers will place a red flag on the right rear stake and begin to check the nest on a daily basis.  Lights on the beach (even flashlights)are restricted during turtle season as they may confuse turtles coming to the beach to mate or lay eggs.  Lights also could confuse young hatchlings on their dangerous trip across the beach to the ocean.  So far we have about 20 sea turtle nests along the one-mile stretch that is Beverly Beach.

BEVERLY BEACH PHOTOS

Arriving on the beach after sunrise.

Arriving on the beach just after sunrise.  On this day the wind was churning the waves up pretty good.

An amazing shelf cloud forming over the beach early this morning. (Photo: Neighbor Kevin Freedman)

An amazing shelf cloud forming over the beach early this morning. (Photo: Neighbor Kevin Freedman)

That same cloud coming from the beach over our house in Sunset Inlet. As ominous as it looks, it blew right over us, and we didn't get a drop of rain. (Photo: Neighbor Lisa Mordecai)

That same cloud coming from the beach over our house (2-story on the left) in Sunset Inlet. As ominous as it looked, it blew right over us, and we didn’t get a drop of rain. (Photo: Neighbor David Mordecai)

MACKINAC ISLAND PHOTOS

KathyJo Strukel, who won the Mackinac Island coloring book, is making good progress on the first page!

KathyJo Strukel (Oldsmar FL), who won the Mackinac Island coloring book, is making good progress on the page she chose to tackle first!  She’s using colored pencils.  Good job, Kathy!

The Lilac Festival Parade! A great pic from Clark Bloswick of the Seabiscuit Café float, part of the crowd, and Fort Mackinac in the background.

The Lilac Festival Parade! A great pic from Clark Bloswick of the Seabiscuit Café float, part of the crowd, Marquette Park, and Fort Mackinac in the background.

A simply stunning photo by Steven Kopacki of Artistic Mackinadc Gallery and Studio of the strawberry moon rising

A simply stunning photo by Steven Kopacki, Artistic Mackinac Gallery and Studio, of the “Strawberry Moon” rising over the Straits of Mackinac.  Oh. My. Goodness.  Can’t wait to get back on the island and check out what Steven has new in his studio!

Blog reader Jan Weir and her husband Don (Harbor Springs MI and Indianapolis IN) visited the island for several days a week or so ago. This photo and the next six are from Jan.

Blog reader Jan Weir and her husband Don (Harbor Springs MI and Indianapolis IN) visited the island for several days a week or so ago. This photo and the next five are from Jan.

Lilacs blooming along the boardwalk

Lilacs blooming along the boardwalk bordering Lake Huron.  What a wonderful (and romantic) spot to settle in for a chat.

The hanging baskets are up, and from now until Fall they will grow and grow and grow. When they are taken down, their leaves and flowers will be almost touching the sidewalk. Oh - the former Weber's Florist is now

The hanging baskets are up, and from now until Fall they will grow and grow and grow. When they’re taken down, their leaves and flowers will be almost touching the sidewalk. Oh – the former Weber’s Florist is now Vintage Glam, a new salon offering hair care, nail care, and makeup services.  They specialize in wedding parties!

The beautiful Cloghaun Bed & Breakfast - always an oasis of gorgeous flowers, and breathtaking landscapting - not to mention an awesome place to spend a few nights! Friend Aretha Jansen is the Cloghaun's new Manager this year, taking over from the wonderful Marti Gmazel Carey who retired at the end of last season.

The beautiful Cloghaun Bed & Breakfast – always an oasis of gorgeous flowers and breathtaking landscaping – not to mention an awesome place to spend a few nights! Friend Aneta Jansen is the Cloghaun’s new Manager this year, filling the shoes of the awesome Marti Gmazel Carey, who retired at the end of last season.

Silver Birches! The renovation of the wonderful lodge is on schedule! Looking forward to riding out there and checking it all out!

Silver Birches! Renovation of the wonderful lodge is on schedule! Looking forward to riding out there soon and checking it all out!

Pontiac Trail, along the West Bluff.

Pontiac Trail – along the West Bluff.

A dreamy shot from one of our favorite taxi drivers - Jim Gillespie. He had stopped to rest his horses a moment at Mission Point and took this great photo.

A dreamy shot from one of our favorite taxi drivers – Jim Gillespie. Jim had stopped to rest his horses a moment at Mission Point and took this great photo, looking across the resort’s expansive yard.  Someone asked Jim recently if working on the island – after 30 seasons driving taxi – ever gets old.  His answer was a resounding “NO”!

A great catch of interesting clouds over Grand Hotel. (Photo: Max Jones)

A great catch of interesting clouds over Grand Hotel. (Photo: Max Jones)

A view of the Pink Pony patio and part of downtown from an interesting perspective. (Photo: Tom Chambers)

A view of the Pink Pony patio and part of downtown from an interesting perspective. (Photo: Tom Chambers)  Hmmmm . . . . . where were you, Tom?

The Round Island Lighthouse is rarely illuminated. But one night recently, it was. And Clark Bloswick was around to catch the moment.

The Round Island Lighthouse is rarely illuminated. But one night recently, it was. And Clark Bloswick was around to catch the moment.

Friend Steve Fridley and his family love Mackinac almost as much as I do. When they're on the island, Steve has a way of being at the right place at the right time. Like last week - when this rainbow appeared to arch across the sky.

Friend Steve Fridley and his family love visiting Mackinac and do so often. When they’re on the island, Steve has a way of being at the right place at the right time. Like last week – when this rainbow appeared and seemed to arch across the Straits from Mackinac to Bois Blanc.

I. Love. This. Photo! Mary Bailey, the beautiful teenage daughter of friends Jeri-Lynn and Brian Bailey, snapped this shot one recent afternoon. In the way of all teenagers, Mary and her friends were looking for something to do and decided to haul their hammocks all the way up to Anne's Tablet and hang them among the trees. What a way to spend a fun - and leisurely - afternoon on Mackinac!

I. Love. This. Photo! Mary Bailey, the beautiful teenage daughter of friends Jeri-Lynn and Brian Bailey, snapped this shot one recent afternoon. In the way of all teenagers, Mary and her friends were looking for something to do and decided to haul their hammocks all the way up to Anne’s Tablet and hang them among the trees. What a way to spend a fun – and leisurely – afternoon on Mackinac!

With heat indexes in the triple digits here in Beverly Beach, I am counting down the days before we leave for Mackinac.  Right now the plan is to arrive on the island on Monday, July 18, so we’ll be leaving a few days before that.  It will be so strange to pack the car without all of Bear’s paraphernalia (he had his own suitcase), and then there was also the 30-lb bag of dogfood.  Maddie only eats 2/3 of a cup a day, so a 5-lb. bag lasts her a very long time.  I was so hoping we’d have a new furbaby to take with us, but it just hasn’t worked out . . . haven’t found the one who speaks to my heart yet.  So we wait.

Hoping you all are doing well and wishing you a great week ahead!

God bless.

Blue and Green 7/17/2011

Blue water and evergreens from Sunset Rock.

Maddie and Bear - exploring Pontiac's Trail

The view over Mission Point Resort from the east end of the East Bluff.

A glimpse of the Mackinac Bridge over the bleached walls of Fort Mackinac.

The harbor through a grove of trees near Anne's Tablet

On Monday I’ll be sharing some of the flowers from the Grand Hotel gardens.  Be prepared for some of Mother Nature’s best art!

Getting Up Early 5/28/2010

My sweet husband Ted takes the early morning dog walking shift nearly every day – a sweet favor from him I can’t repay often enough.  It’s not that I don’t want to get up – it’s just that before I can really appreciate the morning, I need to wash my face, drink two cups of coffee, work yesterday’s crossword puzzle, and maybe even read a couple of chapters of whatever book I’m into at the moment.  Early morning dog walking means hitting the floor, throwing on clothes, and sprinting to the backdoor.  I just don’t handle that well. 

But Wednesday morning I was coerced into going along for the first walk of the day with Ted, Maddie and Bear.  When I say coerced, I mean there was a lot of guilt talk from Ted about being so, so lonely out there with no one to talk to on the trails.  I totally dismissed that ploy, so he was reduced to the only foolproof method he knows to get me moving – the threat of a tickling session.  Nothing can get me motivated faster than thinking I’m about to be tickled.  So Wednesday morning my feet hit the floor, I threw on some clothes, and I sprinted for the backdoor with the rest of the crowd. 

Once I’m up and out and over my pouting, I always appreciate the pleasure of being on this beautiful rock before the real activity of the day begins.  What we see early in the morning – up in the Village where we live – are children on the way to school, drays on the way into town to meet the freight boats, maybe the street cleaner making an early pass up the hill, and Denise and Kim arriving for work at the Carriage Museum.  On this particular Wednesday there was a little haze, and it was cool enough for a couple of warm layers – a perfect morning for a walk. 

We headed through the woods, and the photos below are from our walk through the Annex and along Pontiac Trail, which rims the cliffs of the West Bluff. 

Looking across an expanse of lawn in the Annex out toward the Mackinac Bridge.

Someone has been busy really early in the season to have these beds this far along already. Tulips are still reigning in the flowerbeds across the island.

The lighthouse from Pontiac Trail in the early morning haze.

One of many Victorian homes along the Trail. The huge lilac bushes almost hide this one from view.

Ted, Bear and Maddie reach the West Bluff.

Back home on the balcony for that coffee - which I discovered I didn't need nearly as much as I usually do!

 Other Notes:   

A reader this week wrote she was coming to the island Wednesday with a group of 4th graders from Gladstone, MI.  The students were spending the day on the island and singing on the Grand Hotel porch that afternoon.  I walked down to see if I could get a couple of pictures and thoroughly enjoyed being entertained by this cheerful, talented group of children – as so did everyone else on the porch!   

 

These students from Jones Elementary School in Gladstone could not only sing - they could dance!

 Random Pics from the Week:  

 

A close-up of the goose-chasing Border Collie. He was so focused on his master he didn't even blink at me as I circled him to take photographs.

Well, hay! Not necessarily beautiful, but it sure is necessary!

Master Horseman Ben Mosley out on a training ride with the Grand Hotel's two new hackney horses.

Hot pink geraniums in front of the Jockey Club Restaurant.

The weather is looking spectacular for Memorial Day weekend.  If you haven’t been to the island yet this spring, and you’re close enough to make the trip on a spur-of-the-moment basis, I highly recommend coming on up! 

Pop in here Saturday and Sunday morning for a picture or two, and I’ll see you back on Monday morning with another full-length blog. 

Have a great weekend, wherever you spend it.  And please don’t forget to give thanks for all the soldiers who have given their lives in defense of this wonderful country.  God bless. 

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” . . . John F. Kennedy