We are so fortunate to have a group of friends who share our love of photography, and sense of adventure. This fall we have had two weekends to explore our beautiful state, reconnecting with old friends and stretching our skills. Here is a recap of our first weekend away this October.
Day 1 - Mackinaw City
First stop - the Icebreaker Mackinaw. We loved touring the ship and seeing and hearing the history of this important part of the Great Lakes story. The last stop on the tour was the gift shop, of course, and we were delighted to see Tyler Benson's series about Onyx, the Coastguard dog. Such a great series of books for kids.
We do not tire of visiting the beach and lighthouse, getting that familiar view of the bridge.
Attempts at night photography met with mixed results, but it was so much fun watching the sunset, and seeing the stars appear in the crisp night air.
|I captured the big dipper, though it wasn't dark enough, |
and I don't have mastery of my camera's capabilities enough,
to capture that masterful image.
Day 2 - Mackinac Island:
On the Island, a stop at the Butterfly conservatory while taking the carriage tour, and lunch downtown.
The side streets are so quaint, and flowers were still in bloom. The harbor still had some boats in the water - this one looked like a fun cruising vessel!
The Grand Hotel is simply....grand!
Day 3 - Mill Creek Park
And after the day on the Island, we loved our visit to Mill Creek Park, housing an original saw mill. The demonstration was fascinating, and entertaining!
A great October weekend with our Camera Club group, honing our skills and enjoying the great outdoors!