They can be amazingly beautiful, Holly -- a few years back we went to the PGA golf tournament in Wisconsin, which was held at a course that is right on L. Michigan (Whistling Straits); we were sitting in some bleachers behind the green on one of the holes and a couple of people from New York, when they found out we were (more or less) local, asked us "what do they do to make the water so blue?" I'm pretty sure our mouths dropped open before we recovered and explained it was just the drop-dead gorgeous day making it look that way! I really love L. Superior, it can be pretty fierce but is beautiful during every season of the year.
Hi Chris - No dunes right near us, but a bit east, near Manistique, there are some dunes along the highway (I've driven through there when there were "sand drifts" across the highway, not a really good thing), and one of my favorite childhood memories is vacationing in the northern lower peninsula near Traverse City - I'm originally from lower Mich. - and visiting the "Sleeping Bear" dunes. I may have some ancient pictures of those if I can locate them -- this year I'm going to have to go on a picture-taking spree...
Maybe even better than the dunes are the "Pictured Rocks" up on L. Superior, a really gorgeous area. I must have some of those around here somewhere, too; I'm afraid my photos, especially pre-digital, are not very well organized (vast understatement!).
Not technically a "lake" picture, but these crazy clouds were coming off the lake earlier this month -- it was very windy and I thought sure we were going to get some horrible storm, but it never even rained!
Nice Shot, Sandy. These Lakes sure stir up some pretty interesting weather. If you get a shot of any water spouts could you post them, I have never seen one, hope to in person. But would love to see pictures.
The Lakes can stir up more than weather; we drove down to Marinette, Wisconsin last weekend and the lake flies were unbelievable! They only last for a couple of weeks but apparently they are extra-plentiful this year -- I imagine you have them, as well? (skinny black flies, maybe half an inch long or so, don't bite - fortunately!)
Check out this video on the Weather Channel for a look at what I'm talking about --
Yes, we get those too, but I live far enough from the lake that they are not a problem for me. I remember coming home from work one evening and driving through a swarm of them, the road was over a creek. I had to turn on the wipers, it was like driving through a blizzard. The windshield was covered with them.
i can relate to that - never really figured out the features on our "point and shoot", yet DH decided I needed a digital SLR for Christmas... just now really starting to work with it, as well as Photoshop Elements, to say nothing of we bought a GPS that seems to want to take us astray more than actually where we want to go! LOL, we need some low-tech toys!