Grand Traverse Lighthouse Northport Michigan in March

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Michigan is truly a water Wonderland with 3126 miles of freshwater Shoreline on the Great Lakes. A trip to Michigan in March revealed no signs of water or Shoreline. Just a foreign frozen Arctic like landscape. For an entire week temperatures never went above 15° and with record snow bare ground was nowhere to be found except for the roads. I visited Grand Traverse Lighthouse in the summertime and it is such a beautiful place but in March it took on a whole new look. No children playing on the beach or splashing in the water just 3 to 4 feet of snow drifting against the mountains of ice rising 10 to 15 feet  and in the distance maybe reach heights of 20 or 30 feet tall. Anyways nothing but snow and ice as far as the eye can see. I have never seen so much snow and ice on the Great Lakes. Not a footprint to be found except my own in this winter wonderland. Snowshoes were about the only way to get around. Along the way between Traverse City and the lighthouse were other photographic opportunities like the barns shown in this video. Michigan is a beautiful place to photograph even in the winter as well as the spring, summer and fall.

The Grand Traverse lighthouse is located 37 miles north of Traverse City Michigan. take Highway 22 S West Bayshore Dr. towards Sutton Bay and then past the town of Northport to the end of the road where you’ll find signs to the lighthouse.

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February Sangre de Cristo Range Westcliff Colorado

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18 Photos were combined to produces this panoramic photograph of the Sangre de Cristo Range  looking towards Westcliff Colorado to the south. DNP-1200-Sangre de Cristo Range-

Cripple Creek Colorado Ice Sculpture Festival

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Valentine’s Day 2014 – a visit to the annual Cripple Creek Ice Sculpture Festival. Cripple Creek is a small mining town just southwest of Colorado Springs. With the recent increases in gold prices in the last 10 years or so, the mining operation here has greatly increased in size. But, the town of Cripple Creek has been transformed from a mere mining ghost town from the late 1800′s to a destination casino mountain town. Just a few miles down the road is Victor Colorado, the home town of writer, broadcaster and world, traveler Lowell Thomas. The area has many festivals and events throughout the year. Probably the best reason of all to go to this beautiful part of Colorado is the many great  photographic opportunities.

Ice Sculpture in Cripple Creek Colorado

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Cripple Creek Ice Festival – February 14 – 16 & 22 – 23, 2014
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Horses in Westcliff Colorado

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