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Seagulls

We were attached by seagulls while on Mackinac Island.  I’m pretty sure we were not feeding them, but we may have had food out.

I’m not sure how I concocted the camera settings used.  I’m guessing they were from taking pictures of something else the night before and I just grabbed the camera and took the seagull pictures with whatever settings were there.

Picture taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 18-135mm lens @ 18mm, 1/400 sec shutter, f/22, ISO 1600

Cut River Bridge

Cut River Bridge

The Cut River Bridge just into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  It seems like this was a consistent stop on the way to Grand Marais, or in this case a side trip from the initial destination of Mackinac Island and I’ve been there probably half a dozen times.  It’s not much more than a little bridge on M-2 with a rest stop, but it’s a fun break from driving.  There are steps to go to the bottom of the ravine where the river runs and from there it’s easy to walk out into Lake Michigan, it’s also easy to turn the other way and wander off into the tick infested fields.  I recommend the Lake Michigan route.

Picture taken with Canon Rebel 60D, EF-S 18-135mm lens @ 18mm, 1/100 sec shutter, f/5.6, ISO 100

Grand Island Lighthouse

Grand Island Lighthouse

If you look at the very top of this picture, you can see the top of the Grand Island Lighthouse, which is situated on the bluff a the North end of the island.  It’s not immediately visible due to the angle looking up the cliff, but if you paddle out into Lake Superior a bit it can be seen.

Picture taken with Panasonic Lumix TS-4, lens @ 17mm (98mm eqiv), f/5.7, 1/400 sec, ISO 100.

Grand Island West Shore

Grand Island West Shore

The trip I was assigned to this year was up the West shore of Grand Island which is a 21 mile round trip paddling along the shore which is mostly rocky and often cliffs.  It was a South wind this year, which meant racing up to the north end and then a long stretch into the wind for the return.

Picture taken with Panasonic Lumix TS-4, lens @ 6mm (34mm eqiv), f/3.7, 1/320 sec, ISO 100.

Frog

Frog

Again over on Grand Island, but a day later, one of the participants in the class noticed this little frog (or maybe a green toad) clinging to the sandstone wall of one of the cliffs.  Not sure where it came from or where it was trying to get to…

Picture taken with Panasonic Lumix TS-4, lens @ 23mm (128mm eqiv), f/4.9, 1/60 sec, ISO 100.

Grand Island Arch

Grand Island Arch

Now, for a few newer pictures from the recent Great Lakes Sea Kayaking Symposium.  I was on the trip to the north end of Grand Island in the UP where we got to see and paddle under one of the better rock arches on Lake Superior.

Picture taken with Panasonic Lumix TS-4, lens @ 9mm (51mm eqiv), f/4.7, 1/200 sec, ISO 100.