Posts in Category: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Under the Shade of the Trees

Favorite type of morning hike – Walking along the trail under the shade of the trees while looking out at the bright morning sun shining over the marsh.

Iin the Shade of the Trees

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Cowles Bog

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Ah-ah-ah-Choo

The common sneezeweed for today’s flower of the day.  Ah-ah-ah-choo!

Common Sneezeweed

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Great Marsh

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Mushroom, Anyone?

Mushroom, anyone?

Mushroom, Anyone?

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Cowles Bog

Focused on the little things along the trail.

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Stormy Morning

A stormy morning along the trail at the marsh.

Stormy Morning

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – The Great Marsh

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Center of Attention

Among the sweeping number of daisies blooming along the trail, one stood out as if demanding to be the center of attention.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Great Marsh

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Ready for the Splash?

Are you ready for the splash?

Ready for the Splash

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Kemil Beach

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Stopped For a Drink

A cowbird stopped for a drink on the edge of the marsh and I got my shot.  Triumph on both counts!

Brown-headed Cowbird

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Great Marsh

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Unveiling of Sunshine

The unveiling of sunshine streaming through the trees along the trail.

Along the Creek

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Chellberg Farm

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In the Garden

A pretty yellow iris in the spring garden at Chellberg Farm.

Yellow Iris

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Chellberg Farm

Flower of the Day – June 10, 2017

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Water and Sky

Blue on Blue

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

Crisp and clean line between water and sky.

Copyright 08/2016 – Heaven’s Sunshine  Irene Tron, photographer
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A Trail to Remember

After hiking both trails at Pinhook Bog in Michigan City, IN., I left wanting to go back again.  And I have gone back, over and over again.  Neither trail is too difficult and both go through a beautiful forest. Either one is a trail to remember.

Walk to the Light

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Pinhook Bog

Cee’s Which Way Challenge

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On the Pier

On the pier of Lake Michigan.

Hoosier

Portage Lakefront & Riverwalk

Cee’s Black & White Challenge – Anything that Flies

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Straight and Level

While in straight and level flight, a seagull seemed to stop for a brief and fleeting moment as it pushed against the wind.

In Flight

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

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Full of Sunshine

Happiness is a spring morning full of sunshine along the trail.

Full of Sunshine

Indiana Dunes State Park

Cee’s Which Way Challenge

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A Fleeting Moment

A bluebird poses for a fleeting moment and then he is gone.

Fleeting Bluebird

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Great Marsh

Thankful when a bird stays in one place long enough for me to click the shutter.

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Small but Mighty

Small but mighty, a grassland yellow finch.

Grassland Yellow Finch

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Great Marsh

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Bursting Through the Forest

Morning sunshine bursting through the forest of trees.

Forest at Sunrise

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Dune Ridge Trail

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

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Adrift at Sunrise

Adrift at sunrise on Lake Michigan.

Calm

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Beverly Shores

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On the Edge

Whether on the edge of a great height or the tip of a flimsy branch on a windy day, a bird as tiny as a goldfinch seems unperturbed.

American Goldfinch

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Great Marsh

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Ready to Unfurl

A fern, tightly wound and ready to unfurl along the trail.  An impression of its beauty that is to come.

Unfurl

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Cowles Bog

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

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Dance of the Mushrooms

Dance of the mushrooms.

Dance of the Mushrooms

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – the Great Marsh

Fun Foto Challenge 

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Waddling Away

Waddling away to distant lands and new collaborations.

Walking Away

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Cowles Bog

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Fence at the Dunes

The pursuance of Lake Michigan is fowled by a fence at the dunes but not for long.  A trail is soon found and all is well.

Fencing in the Dunes

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – West Beach

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Tightly Wound

Tightly wound to guard against the perils of Lake Michigan.

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

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Obstacles Along the Path

Obstacles along the path lead to a slight shift in direction.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Little Calumet River

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On the Other Side

On the other side of the Little Calumet River.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Little Calumet River

The only danger here is losing track of time.

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Bridge to Bridge

Not much chance of running into a menace while hiking from bridge to bridge along the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore trails unless you consider deer, squirrels, birds, raccoons, or adorable chipmunks a threat.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Chellberg Farm

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Morning Shadows

Clouds and sunshine create morning shadows along the lakeshore.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Beverly Shores

My first choice for a fun get-away is anywhere close to water.  Whether it is an ocean, lake, pond, or stream does not matter.  My enjoyment is in listening to the peaceful flow of the water and the ability to dip my toes in it.

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Door to Where?

Joseph Bailly, a fur trader whose market spread from Montreal to Louisiana, eventually built his homestead in NW Indiana in the 1800s.  Bailly must have been a man with a heart for wandering the roads and rivers.

As I walk by Bailly Homestead on the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, I am intrigued by the door on the second floor above the window of one of the log cabins. The question that invariably pops into my head is –

And this was meant as a door to where exactly?

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Chellberg Farm

What do you think?

The Bailly Homestead is a National Historic Landmark on the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

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Off the Beaten Path

Not alone in occasionally finding myself off the beaten path and ready to explore.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Little Calumet River Trail

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Blanket of Sand

Covered by a blanket of sand on the beach of Lake Michigan.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Beverly Shores

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While Some Stand

While some stand strong as spring emerges,  other trees have been uprooted and fallen along the trail.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Little Calumet River

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A Rocky Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Beverly Shores

An early morning walk along the rocky lakeshore of Lake Michigan still leaves me in wonder of its magnitude and beauty.

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Morning Sunburst

A morning sunburst along the trail.

Dune Ridge Trail – Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

One of the things we can count on happening each day in a timely manner – sunrise.

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Harvest to Come

There is a harvest to come but first, let’s enjoy spring.

Chellberg Farm – Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

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Standing Tall

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Michigan City, IN

Michigan City Lighthouse, standing tall and safeguarding the lakeshore at sunset.

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Charm of Simplicity

A door with the charm of simplicity . . . .

Bailly Homestead – Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Keeping the world from coming in.

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Fire Through the Trees

A summer sunrise in the forest may appear as bright as a fire breaking through the trees.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Chellberg Farm

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge:  Summer – Fire

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Out of Place

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Beverly Shores

Fallen and out of place.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Wood

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Beauty in Simplicity

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Beverly Shores

Beauty in simplicity along the Lake Michigan lakeshore with dense clouds overhead.

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