Posts Tagged: 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.

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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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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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Zigzag in the Sand

Who knew that a tree with roots that zigzag in the sand dunes can continue to grow year after year?

Zigzag Roots

Portage Lakeshore & Riverwalk

Black & White Photo Challenge – Letter Y or Z

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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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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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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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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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Tip of the Lake

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Beverly Shores

On the tip of the Lake Michigan lakeshore.

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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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In the Garden

In the garden

Taltree Arboretum and Gardens

it is easy being green.

Chellberg Farm – Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

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Mist, Snow, and Ice

A morning of mist, snow, and ice on the Lake Michigan lakeshore.

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

But tomorrow, just as the new year, will open with a new horizon.

 

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Through the Fog and Clouds

Sunshine!  Breaking through the fog and clouds.

Great Marsh - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Great Marsh – Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Photo Challenge – Cherry on Top

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Icicles Along the Lakeshore

It may be March but it is still wintry at the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk with ice on the pier and icicles hanging off the rocks along the lakeshore.  Our state of mind in Indiana – ready and waiting for spring.

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

Weekly Photo Challenge – State of Mind

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Buried in Sand

This sailboat may not be floating across Lake Michigan anytime soon.  Winter winds and snow have buried it in the sand.  Digging required.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Weekly Photo Challenge – Seasons

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God’s Beautiful Sunrise

Another one of God’s beautiful sunrises on the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.  Look closely and see the Michigan City Lighthouse in the far distance.  (taken from a Lake Michigan beach at Beverly Shores)

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Weekly Photo Challenge – Vibrant

Garden’s Gate

Sunrise on the Lakeshore

Experimenting with black and white photography this year.  First time participating in the Black & White challenges.

Black & White Sunday:  Moody

Isaiah 60:19-22

Black and White Challenge – Moody

Watching the World Go By

Seems to me that this chipmunk has the perfect spot for watching the world go by at Chellberg Farm.

Watching the World Go By

Watching the World Go By

Peaceful Side of Lake Michigan

Looking across what seems like endless water and miles and miles of lakeshore, it is easy to forget that Lake Michigan is exactly that – a lake!  Rough waves, with rip currents hidden underneath, can often be seen from the top of a sand dune.  Other days, the peaceful side of Lake Michigan shows up.

Sand Dunes of Lake Michigan

Sand Dunes of Lake Michigan

These photographs were taken on one of those peaceful days.  The stillness of fresh water with hardly a ripple along the beach can make a person want to stay for hours on end.

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

Whether from the top of a sand dune, the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, the Indiana Dunes State Park or any one of the many trails along the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, head to the Lake Michigan lakeshore and dip those toes in the water.  (Well, maybe better wait until spring to dip those toes in the water.)

Indiana Dunes State Park

Indiana Dunes State Park

It’s never too late to have an adventure and make a memory.  On a clear day, you might even spot the Chicago skyline pointing towards the heavens from across the lake.

Walk Along the Lakeshore

On an early November morning, a hike along the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore seemed like the perfect way to start the day.  The beach at Beverly Shores was where this adventure started.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Morning on Lake Michigan

With a gentle breeze blowing, Lake Michigan was unusually peaceful with barely a ripple along the beach.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

It was soon easy to spot the Michigan City Lighthouse in the distance.

Lake Michigan LIghthouse

Michigan City Lighthouse

Enjoying the hike too much to turn around, I kept going until I found a path leading to the beach at Mount Baldy.

Mount Baldy

Mount Baldy Lakeshore

This is one of the most beautiful hikes along the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, even though it is almost three miles in one direction.  Give yourself plenty of time if you decide to walk this path because you will definitely want to slow down and take in the scenery.  Enjoy!

A Barrier Without a Purpose

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

On the Little Calumet River trail, stands a gate.  An old, lonely gate with a street on one side, the river on the other, and without a fence or wall on either end.  In essence, a barrier without a purpose.

Gates are meant to block passage.  The Little Calumet River trail follows along . . . . .  the Little Calumet River, of course!  Hiking all the along the trail, I have yet to figure what this gate was supposed to block passage to on this beautiful section of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

 

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