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Mackinac Island – a Photographer’s Paradise

Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island

Let there be color!

We’ve been on vacation up on Mackinac Island for a while but it’s back to reality now! This coming week all of my posts will be shots of Mackinac. Today’s pictures will be of the drive up there. It’s about a six hour ride from home and the further we got into Michigan, the more vibrant the trees became. We always stop in Big Rapids to stretch and gas up the Jeep. @Elizababble took over driving so I could take pictures.

Michigan Autumn Colors - 2012


Michigan Autumn Colors - 2012

Michigan Autumn Colors - 2012


Michigan Autumn Colors - 2012

Michigan Autumn Colors - 2012

Michigan Autumn Colors - 2012

The Great, Great Lakes

β€œIt is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things.”
― Nicholas Sparks

When you can’t choose just one….

One photo might be good, but more than one might be great.

Shadows of the Mackinac Bridge south tower. More about my climb to the top of the bridge is here.

Moon Progression

Bicycles of Mackinac Island

Black & white with a little color

I took this picture in the summer of 2011. Every time I look at it, it reminds me of an old 1940’s movie.

Retired USCGC Mackinaw – Mackinaw City, Michigan

“Nice hat”

If you look closely, you’ll see that his eyes aren’t real. They’re only markings to trick predators into thinking he’s a snake.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Rainy spring day on Mackinac Island

Old Fashioned Barber Pole in Chesterton, Indiana

I spotted this guy one afternoon while I was sitting on the porch of the Market Street Inn on Mackinac Island. He looked like he’d have some great stories to tell.

Bicycles of Mackinac Island

If you have ever been to Mackinac Island, you know that motorized vehicles aren’t allowed. You get around the island by horse carriage, on foot or the most popular mode of transportation; the bicycle. On this last visit I photographed a wide variety of bicycle wheels. Who would have thought there would be so many different styles!

Mackinac Bridge

Option A: You can see Mackinac Bridge from the ferry.
Mackinac Bridge from Sheplers Ferry

Option B: You can feel like the luckiest person in the world and get to climb it and take incredible pictures!
Mackinac Bridge

I chose B.

Build your Own Rock Cairn!

One of the cool things to do when you’re riding around Mackinac Island is to build a rock cairn. Instead of fumbling through trying to explain what a cairn is, I went to the experts and looked it up on

Here’s what they say:

Rock cairns are small mounds of stones and pebbles built to mark biking and hiking trails, as a memorial to having been somewhere, or as a simple art form. Cairns can be found all over the world, from alpine regions, to barren desert and tundra, as well as coastlines.

It is traditional for each person passing by a cairn to add a stone, as a small bit of maintenance to counteract the effects of wind and weather. Often the habit is to only add to the top, and to use a smaller stone than the previous top stone, resulting in a precarious stack of tiny pebbles.

We’ve built a few of these on our visits, but this one is my favorite.



Have fun building your own rock cairn. Be creative! Take pictures…..and don’t build so close to the water or it’ll get washed away. πŸ˜‰

Mackinac Island – Photos of our last several visits

Mackinac Island is located between Michigan’s lower and upper peninsulas, surrounded by Lake Huron. Automobiles are not permitted on the island; making horses, bicycles and walking your modes of transportation. The surroundings are beautiful and afford many picture taking opportunities.

Grand Hotel Porch
Grand Hotel porch

Bicycle on Mackinac

Doud’s Market. One of my favorite things about Doud’s….they have hot coffee….always!

Early Morning on Mackinac
Early Morning on Mackinac

West Bluff Carriage

Little Stone Church

Mackinac Island


Red, White & Blue Mackinac Bridge
Mackinac Bridge



St. Anne’s Cemetery
St. Annes Cemetery - Mackinac Island

St. Anne’s Church
St. Annes

Grand Hotel Carriage

Hiking on Mackinac

View From the East Bluff
View From East Bluff

Lucky Bean Coffee

Grand Hotel Carriage & Flowers
Grand Hotel Flowers

Fourth of July Flowers

Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island

Evening on Main

“Super Moon” over Mackinac Island
Full Moon over Mackinac Island