Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Summer Sunset

One of the best things about being at Glen Lake is that Lake Michigan is only two minutes away. I know that I only live like two minutes from Lake Michigan but Lake Michigan up north is extra special. The water there is cleaner, bluer and there are the North and South Manitou Islands that are so beautiful.
One night we went down and watched another beautiful Up North Lake Michigan sunset.

I couldn't believe how red and glowing the sun was that night. It was hazy so it seemed as if the whole sky just absorbed all the color and it spread all across the sky.

I took about a bajillion pictures but I will only show you some of my favorite. :)

I did not alter anything except only to lighten them up a tad. I also took these using my "Sunset" mode on my camera.

The photo above shows the part of the North Manitou Island and the photo below is my daughter looking for Petosky Stones and in the distance you can see the whole island.

Large ships still pass through here making their way to the Straits of Mackinac.

It was such a beautiful night and reminds me how amazing Lake Michigan really is.


I purchased some Chalk Paint today and so far I am L-O-V-I-N-G (insert singing voice) it!!
I am painting the dresser and bed in my son's room and hopefully I can show you soon!

Have a wonderful day!!

P.S. - I also wanted welcome all my new friends/followers here and thank you so much for jumping aboard with me! :)
Thank you all for all your wonderful comments, this is such an amazing place of friendship and support.



NanaDiana said...

Gorgeous,Michelle! There is nothing more beautiful than the sunsets over Lake Michigan...well and those over Lake Superior are pretty great too! xo Diana

beachcomber said...

wow!! these are incredible photos!
cheryl x

Low Tide High Style said...

Truly beautiful Michelle! And I can't wait to see your latest project, I still need to buy some dang chalk paint and try it for myself!

Kat :)

Rene said...

Amazing images! There is something very special about seeing the sun set over the water.


They look like works of art; well they are, right?


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


Wow. Your lake is absolutely have no need to go to the coasts, but for sure, you probably would love to go...but what you have here is so beautiful! WELCOME HOME, again! I too am having such a wonderful summer, staying home, staying put, creating, reading, drawing, painting furniture and more. Yes, Blogland is a wonderful place of support with the best of friends!!!

Have a lovely evening dear one, Anita

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that is so beautiful! i really love the photo with the silhouette of the boat. i love sunsets! they are so romantic, and i have not met a person whose physical appearance is not flattered by a sunset. everyone looks so beautiful.... like candlelight.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I never tire of sunset pictures. Each one is always better than the last, don't you think? But my favorite was the one with the sailboat. Perfect!!

Sizzle and Zoom said...

Awesome photos. I love sunset photos and I'm dying to photograph a good one.

Claudia said...


These are such beautiful pictures! Sweet memories with your kids.

Take care,

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Dear Michelle
Welcome home.. lovely to see your beautiful shots of YOUR lake.. it certainly is more like the ocean and I look forward to seeing more.. I'm sure you will have more for us.. yes? I rarely get to see the sun setting over the ocean being an east coast girl... although I don't mind as I get to see the moon rise over instead..

Have a lovely week playing with your chalk paint.. ciao ciao xxx Julie

Tonya said...

Amazing photos! We're taking a camping trip to Michigan next month and I can't wait!! My daughter has never been to Mackinac or the island so we're going to take care of that. After we stop in Ann Arbor to show her where her college is..LOL!

Brandi said...

I love, love, love your photos, Michelle! So beautiful.

koralee said...

Such beauty my friend..your spot reminds me of our favourite camping spot in Washington State...Deception is so beautiful. xooxo Happy holidays to you. xox

Green Willow Pond said...

You should enter these in a contest Michelle. They are absolutely stunning. The first few look like surreal paintings. You've go some photographic talent there my friend :)

Rayanne said...

OH....Breathless I am. Oh, wow, this is all together LOVELY!!
and by the way, it's a joy to follow along with you dear new friend!!!

Jessie said...

Hey Michelle!
I've missed reading your blog the past few weeks. But I am so glad you enjoyed your vacation!! What gorgeous pitures!!:)

I am sooooo excited to see what you have done with your son's room! I hope you can give me some inspiration:)

I am going to try to get back into blogging soon...Summer has been crazy busy at work and home, and I still haven't found my groove yet. I guess going from stay-at-home-mom, to having a full time (plus extra) job, has been a bigger adjustment than I thought. (But I always make time to read my favorite blogs ♥)

Hugs to you too!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

They look like they are painted. Just majestic!

Deborah said...

Oh hunny I feel as if I was right there witnessing this marvelous sunset with you!
How awesome is this?!
Your photos have captured the beauty of our God and King.
Look at your sweetie on the beach...priceless!
Oh sweetie you got your chalk paint!!!
Im so happy for you...and cant wait to see what you transform this time.
Love you so...will talk to you tomorrow ok sunshine?
Its going to be a scorcher here tomorrow!!
Lime-aid, Ill be downing you tomorrow and watching a movie with the fan blowing!!
Love you hunny-bunny!!!

Deborah xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh my didn't tell me that you vacationed in heaven, girlie! lol! What amazing photos!!!! They left me breathless.... :)

Ok...fess up. Where did you get that paint? My fingers are just itchin' to order some online, but would love to save the cost of shipping somehow if I could find it locally. :)

Hugs! xoxo laurie

Kristin said...

What beautiful photos, Michele! I love the one of your daughter especially. What a beautiful memory!!

Kirsty said...

Wow absolutely captivating photos! So pretty.

simone said...

Beautiful photos my friend-gorgeous coloring in them. Glad you got to see this. Have a good day.

Pam said...

Gorgeous photos. Makes me want to take a drive up to the Lake Erie. Unfortunately it's a whole lot more than two minutes from here.

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Seaside Style said...

Oh my goodness your pictures are spectacular girl! I would love to see Lake Michigan someday! Looking forward to seeing what you are up to now!


Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

So beautiful! Also, I can't wait to try that chalk paint. I have a couple projects waiting! Glad you had a great vacation!

Tonya said...

Gorgeous photos!!! You did a great job taking them! The colors are just beautiful!

Simple Daisy said...

Pretty photos!! Lake Michigan sure is beautiful:)

Karena said...

Michelle I need a new camera!! These are so gorgeous and remind me of San Diego sunsets !!

Art by Karena

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

oh wow - oh wow! Seems like you should have to pay to see something that amazing. That's our God!

A Rosy Note said...

Oh my, those photos are so gorgeous, Michelle. The colors of the sunset are just spectacular. Love the ones with your little girl and the sailboat. I've never been to Lake Michigan. It sure sounds and looks wonderful.

xo Tricia

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

These are spectacular! I love taking photos of the sunset over the mountains! Love to SEE photos over the water! WOW! ♥

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Friend!

Oh thank you for being here when I came to my computer! We just came in from a beautiful walk, for FINALLY, the morning air is bearable! For the last WEEK it has been so oppressively HOT even in the wee hours of the morning! But I understand this heat wave is moving east, so for our dear friends in New York, New England and the other eastern states, we need to pray for them!

ENJOY PAINTING, CLEANING, DREAMING...whatever your beautiful heart desires to do this lovely summer day! Anita

hello lovely said...

glorious sunset, michelle! i am not far from lake michigan and am now inspired to get there!

where did you buy the chalk paint? everyone and their grandma is using it but with shipping it's so dang expensive!

love to you.


Liz said...

BEAUTIFUL photos! Thank you for sharing!! I would love to visit Lake Michigan one day! -Liz at

Everything Coastal said...

WOW. That's all I can say.

Thanks for popping by the Everything Coastal Blog! Did you leave a comment on the giveaway post??


Carmie of the Single Nester said...

What a gorgeous sunset. All I can say is ahhhh . . .

Beach Coast Style said...

Just stunning photos!!! love the one of your daughter searching.

Suzann said...

What wonderful pictures!!
I am from Traverse City and I used to live right on Grand Traverse Bay and I worked at a camera store and would go through a whole roll (remember those) of film to take sunsets every night.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures
Suzann ~xoxo~

Desire Empire said...

These are beautiful shots. You do live in a beautiful corner of the planet and it's lovely of you to share it with us.

Martina said...

Oooooh, so beautiful these sunset pictures Michelle! Lake Michigan must be awesome. Have a lovely, creative weekend ahead!

Laura said...

Hi my sweet friend!such lovely photos..the colours are so them!
Can't wait to see your painting works!
Hugs from Rome.

Comeca Jones said...

I love the photos really they are so great! Looks like your last few weeks have restful said...

WOW MIchelle, those are the most amazing sunset pictures. How incredibly beautiful. I wish I was there, sipping on some Coronas with you, I read you DO THAT, he he. It sounds like you had the BEST vacation, and I'm so gald for that.

I want to visit Michigan one day, can I come see you girl, he he. There are TONS AND TONS of Romanians in Michigan, did you know that. Seriously, that and OHIP, I think most live there, lol.

Seriously though, I would be thrilled to go visit sometime, but only with the most WONDERFUL tour guide, and friend. That would be THE BEST!!

Can't wait to see what you do with that chalkboard paint, I know it will be awesome!!

Love ya, and p.s today I used you as an example to another friend of mine, how to increase comment love on your blog. I told her about you, and how you always have TONS of comments on your blog. The reason you do is because YOU leave tons of comments for your favs, and have made some really great friends. I think you are the PERFECT example of what I want for my blog. Faithful READERS, who are TRUE friends. Nothing could make me happier, and I look up to you as my inspiration of what blogging is all about , FOR ME, anyway. So I think I will do a post on you as well, if you don't mind. Don't worry I will only tell everyone HOW MUCH I adore you. I'll let you know when it's up so you can check it out. Have a great day my friend!!

Hugs, Bella :)
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Jenni said...

Hello Michelle! These sunset pictures are some of the most beautiful ones I have seen! I love the colors, too!

I am so glad you got to visit Glen Lake, and it sounds and looks like it was a wonderful trip for you and your family! :)

Oh, and I can't wait to see the furniture you're working on for your son's room! I know it will look wonderful, and isn't chalk paint awesome? I'm still very much a beginner with it, but I already love it! :)

I hope you have a fun Friday and weekend, my friend!


Val said...

Absolutely 100 percent gorgeous!!

christian marriage counseling said...

Well, I enjoy reading your blog and others. I think of blogs as a way to share and receive ideas and tips. I hope to start one some day too. My passion is sewing and embroidery. Your collection of sunset is wonderful. said...

I have got to come and see Michigan sometime. I've never been, but it looks like I'm certainly missing out. Beautiful pics and I'm glad you had a wonderful time.

the fishermans cottage said...

Beautiful! I love the last shot of the boat.. stunning x

A Cottage Muse said...

Great photos Michelle!
Can't wait to see your painting projects!

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Beautiful pictures, Michelle!

Rose West said...

Wow - what amazing colors! That must be an incredible place to watch the sunset! It amazes me how much Lake Michigan is like an ocean.


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