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Points of Beauty

By Evelyn WeliverThese pictures of northern Michigan are a salute to our beautiful world in late August. Fathers are hooking up trailers to leave the state parks, cars from North Dakota, Ohio, Maine and Ontario are heading home. Parents and children are shopping for back-to-school clothes, evening comes earlier, the nights are crisp and sunrise is later. Yes, summer is coming to an end.  Hopefully, there are many good memories to help students write essays titled, “What I Did This summer.” (Click on photos to enlarge them.)

Inspiration Point overlooks Big and Little Glen Lakes, with a distant view of Lake Michigan and South Manitou Island.

Inspiration Point, Glen Lake, Michigan

Inspiration Point, Glen Lake, Michigan. Photo by Evelyn Weliver


Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park  is a wonderful, natural treasure. These are pictures from Pyramid Point. You reach it after a steep climb through the woods of white birch, maple and beech trees.

View of Lake Michigan from Pyramid Point

Lake Michigan from Pyramid Point. Photo by E. Weliver

Clear water seen from top of Pyramid Point.

Clear water seen from top of Pyramid Point. Photo by E. Weliver

Point Betsie Lighthouse (built 1857-1858) is a favorite place to visit each summer. We used to sleep out under the stars with our children in the sand dunes here. Interlochen National Music Camp owned some land almost next to the lighthouse. On Sunday nights a bus load of campers would come threading their way over the hilly dunes, flashlights bobbing in the black night. I woke up and was a little scared one night until I realized they were children from Interlochen.

Point Betsie Light House

Point Betsie Light House. Photo by Evelyn Weliver

We are blessed with many inland lakes. Father and son enjoy a perfect August morning at sunrise.

Fishing on an inland lake.

Fishing on an inland lake. Photo by Evelyn Weliver

A loon floats quietly as sun rays paint the water.

A loon at sunrise.

A loon at sunrise. Photo by Evelyn Weliver

I hope that each of you have beautiful summer memories to savor.

  • GenePH

    While I enjoyed all your far-flung travel reporting, this is as beautiful a place as there is anywhere. Thank you.

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