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Lake Michigan


This beach in Holland, Michigan, is half a mile from the house of one of my brothers.
The water is Lake Michigan
, one of the 5 fresh-water Great Lakes of the state.
"It has a surface area of 22,400 square miles (58,016 km), making it the largest lake entirely within one country by surface area."


For those of us who grew up in Michigan, this was our ocean!

(as seen on a calm day!)


Lake Michigan


This beach in Holland, Michigan, is half a mile from the house of one of my brothers.
The water is Lake Michigan
, one of the 5 fresh-water Great Lakes of the state.
"It has a surface area of 22,400 square miles (58,016 km), making it the largest lake entirely within one country by surface area."


For those of us who grew up in Michigan, this was our ocean!

(as seen on a calm day!)


comments (47)

Interesting photo Ginnie and at first I thought it was the ocean. Beautiful beach, so clean looking. The sailboat creates a lovely mood in this image. Excellent detailed work as always.
Ginnie Hart: On certain days, John, you would think it WAS the ocean, because it can get quite tempestuous. However, the shorelines tend to be much more "calm." AND the water is not salty! Thanks!
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 19 Aug 2009, 01:57
nice shot ginnie, and thanks for the great lake trivia smile that boat is in need of a sail... nice coloring!
Ginnie Hart: These details about the Great Lakes I grew up with, Elaine. But nothing can take the place of being there in real life. I often ponder if I will spend the last years of my life there, after my time with Astrid in the Netherlands. When she retires, we might move back! smile Wouldn't Holland, MI, be the place!! Thanks.
  • JulianG
  • Argentina
  • 19 Aug 2009, 02:11
Really beautiful, Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks so much, Julian.
Catamarans are the scooters of the boat world - I've hauled one or two up on beaches myself. I imagine on Michigan you don't have to worry about the tides quite so much. I've had to chase down one or two boats the tide tried to reclaim!

A lovely photo that captures the reality of an isolation that isn't lonely.
Ginnie Hart: I bet you have had your day in the sun, Linda! You're right...no tides to speak of on the Great Lakes, not that I recall. The water CAN get quite tempestuous and can fool you into thinking you're on the ocean. However, in actuality it's not the same. Just different. I LOVE the Great Lakes whenever the oceans are nowhere to be found. smile Thanks for your very kind words.
  • mariana
  • United States
  • 19 Aug 2009, 04:16
Wonderful picture, Ginnie. Processing with these tones is fantastic. Did I tell you I LOVE your work ?
Ginnie Hart: Your words are very kind and humbling, Mariana. Thank you.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 19 Aug 2009, 04:28
I love your ocean, Ginnie. My mom's ocean was Lake Erie - not that far away. Family came from Michigan. So I understand how you feel about the lake. Love the shot as always.
Ginnie Hart: So we really did know each other in a past life, Kay?!?! smile One day we will meet in THIS life! I sure do plan on that. smile Thanks.
A beautiful shot, Ginnie. It almost looks like the water is moving.
Ginnie Hart: Surely that water is moving, Michael. grin Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Aug 2009, 05:48
'Sail away with me'
When we walked down that dune and I saw this boat, that was what came into my mind, I love to sail and I love beaches, this to me IS ocean.
Prachtige foto met mooie kleuren/tonen, KSK.
Ginnie Hart: One day we will indeed "sail away," MLMA, and we will have a blast. You tell me what to do and I will gladly do it...as your co-pilot. smile We may have to pick a windier day, however???
The simple composition works well, as usual the tones are great too.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Nigel. It was just a very calm moment in time! smile
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 19 Aug 2009, 07:35
Great tone and I like the composure
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Vintage.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 19 Aug 2009, 07:43
Nicely composed, reminds me of Kays photo today.
Ginnie Hart: There is definitely a connection between Kay's image and mine today, Etomi...I agree. Thanks.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 19 Aug 2009, 07:50
Love the tones and composition Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Tony.
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Aug 2009, 08:20
I've flown over the lake many a time on my way in and out of Chicago O'Hare airport so have had some good views from above. Not seen much of the lakeshore itself, though, apart from that near Chicago itself. I like the beached boat and the nearby dinghy.
Ginnie Hart: I spent a year in Chicago, Alan, back in the 60s, and every Sunday I'd go down to the rocky beach in a nearby suburb (where my sister lived) and would sit there wrapped up in a quilt to meditate. I'll never forget it. The lake is huge, of course. Something for everyone! Thanks.
The land looks too high to be the country of Holland...lol
Ginnie Hart: You definitely got that right, Chad. Lots of sand dunes around this lake! smile
  • Alex
  • Spain
  • 19 Aug 2009, 08:44
El horizonte es soberbio, una nitidez sorprendente, y ese detalle de la barca, genial!!!
Saludos.
Ginnie Hart: Muchas, muchas gracias, Alex.
Nice shot Gennie and very good treatment. Look like a wonderful "no man's land" , i like it
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Jean-Luc. There is definitely a great expansiveness to this place!
great color tone for this scene
Ginnie Hart: Dank je wel, Chantal.
Just yesterday I was watching this documentary on Great Lakes on Nat Geo and they were featuring Lake Michigan in that episode. It truly is vast and this shot almost gives one the feel that it is indeed an Ocean smile

I love the way you have framed the boat and the border works wonders Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: What a coincidence, Thomas! I would love to see that documentary. I'm sure I'd learn stuff I never knew! Thanks for stopping by again. smile
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 19 Aug 2009, 11:37
The sepia gives it a feeling of sadness to me. It is mood altering.
Ginnie Hart: There is definitely a sense of being alone in this vastness, Mary.
Looks a nice area to have been bought up in Ginnie, this is a lovely picture. The dim distant mountains add a great feeling of distance.
Ginnie Hart: We were lucky if we saw this once a year, Brian, while growing up, but I never forgot it! Can you imagine living there?!

Actually, those "mountains" are low-lying clouds and not mountains at all. When you look out across Lake Michigan, you can't see the other side...just like at the ocean! smile
Wonderful Ginnie. We feel like being on the seaside!
Ginnie Hart: I think we ARE, Richard. smile Thanks.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 19 Aug 2009, 12:52
Love the simplicity and lines in this image. Wonderful monochromatic processing.
Ginnie Hart: Sometimes simple beauty is what our Souls need, Marcie, right?! Thanks.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
  • 19 Aug 2009, 14:10
Our family camped in Holland, Michigan when I was very young. I remember the white sand and it was the first time I ever heard of an undertow. The beach was closed:-( This is a lovely image.
Ginnie Hart: It amazes me how many have actually been to this city, Sherri. Life does come around full circle for so many of us! Thanks for sharing this.
  • alex
  • United States
  • 19 Aug 2009, 14:41
what a lonely catamaran! It really is a huge lake, isn't it? Flying over it is exactly like flying over the ocean.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Alex, it IS huge. I'm guessing most people have no clue just how huge it is. Thanks.
I suppose it can really storm out there. I like thephoto with the mast cutting thru the sky.
Ginnie Hart: When it is stormy, Wim, it does indeed look like the ocean! Thanks.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 19 Aug 2009, 14:47
Ginnie, great cinema .. my mouth is opened and i can't close it. Love this shot!!
Ginnie Hart: Close your mouth, Klaus! grin If I ever catch this when it's stormy, I'll let you open it again. Danke.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Aug 2009, 14:53
I like the mood and layers on this Ginnie. I need a holiday (sigh)
Ginnie Hart: I would go back there in a New York minute, SAVO, and just sit for awhile. I need that, too.
I smile because I just bought a cat this past week. I look forward to shots like this with our little boat!
Ginnie Hart: Awwwww. Then you know what this is all about, Christopher. Lucky you.
Wonderfully calming... thanks, Ginnie...
Ginnie Hart: It's all those positive ions, Larry. grin Thanks.
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 19 Aug 2009, 20:07
Your processing doesn't make the lake look very clean, Ginnie wink But it sure does make everything else pop and appealing!
Ginnie Hart: My processing must have messed things up, then, Mia, because the lake always looks clean in real life, just like the ocean. Were those ripples, I wonder? Anyway, thanks.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 19 Aug 2009, 20:49
Love the composition. Is that your ride parked on the side? I remember another of your glorious captures --- the one with your sister shooting something on a lake.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Not unless driftwood was my mode of transport that day, Maria. smile You have a good memory about the shot of my sister...on our wee little lake at the cottage. WOW. Talk about the difference in size between those two lakes!! Thanks.
  • Andy
  • USA
  • 20 Aug 2009, 00:15
Wow looks deserted. Love the solitary boat on the shore. Amazing landscape again!
Ginnie Hart: It was very deserted that day, Andy, which seemed strange to me. I wonder if it was a private beach? I need to ask my brother. Thanks.
  • namaki
  • United States
  • 20 Aug 2009, 01:59
nivce view ... I flew over the great lakes on my way from Paris to Dallas ... last May I was in Hardenberg on the Germano-Dutch border and the school there organized a trip to Holland to meet the descendants of some Gremans and Dutch who moved to this palce .. they discovered they had the same names etc ... what a nice coincidence !
Ginnie Hart: I wonder if you will fly over the Great Lakes today on your way home, Namaki?! If so, wave your hand to a beautiful place on earth. smile The Holland area has MANY immigrants from the old country, to be sure. My sister-in-law is one of them. Merci.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Aug 2009, 04:27
I would love to be out on the water in that little cat, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: A whole bunch of us would, Ray. We could have a nice little party out there. smile Thanks.
  • jane
  • United States
  • 20 Aug 2009, 04:34
This is very cool, Ginnie. I would never guess it's Lake Michigan. So remote-looking. Your color treatment is very effective.
Ginnie Hart: It's a big lake, Jane, as you know. And it has all the moods of the ocean, if you give it time. smile Thanks.
la simplicité qui fait la grandeur et la beauté
Ginnie Hart: More for less, O-P! Merci.
You would indeed think it was the sea. It is a big pond to be sure Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: People who haven't seen it wouldn't believe it, Bill. It's huge!
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 20 Aug 2009, 09:48
Really nice place Ginnie. We learned about Lake Michigan in school as the one of largest lakes in the world hmm I think ;-)
Anyway beautiful picture!
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Frida. And as my text says, it's the largest lake within one country! Thanks.
Very nice picture processing Ginnie. Its made a fabulous shot with the boat there.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ron. That beached boat was what caught my eye, of course!
  • rian
  • United States
  • 20 Aug 2009, 13:18
sure looks calm and beautiful.. great shot! smile
Ginnie Hart: That day, Rian, it was as calm as I've ever seen it. It can get as tempestuous as the ocean! Thanks.
WOW...lots of great info with this shot!
Ginnie Hart: Yup. That's Lake Michigan for you, Heather. smile Thanks.
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 20 Aug 2009, 17:48
a great find here. i love the creative diagonal angle you've given to the boat. blends in well with the horizontal sea. =]
Ginnie Hart: It wasd a picture waiting to happen, Liang. smile Thanks!
Ur composition, tones, the boat makes this a real gem of an image.

One day, maybe one day we'll get to see a cofee table book of some of ur images tongue
Ginnie Hart: You are way too kind, Fotografa, about that coffee-table book. In my dreams! grin But thank you anyway.
  • Marie
  • France
  • 21 Aug 2009, 18:31
joli paysage, je prendrais bien ce bateau pour une balade.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Marie. I would, too. smile Merci.
Ginnie, this is absolutely beautiful.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, S&S. Sometimes simplicity speaks to the soul!
  • Nathan
  • United States
  • 23 Aug 2009, 23:50
Great shot - it's clean, simple and beautiful!
Ginnie Hart: Sometimes simple is what we need, Nathan, isn't it! Thank you.
What a classic shot, well done again. THe lake is so house it looks like an ocean.
Ginnie Hart: This lake IS like an ocean, Brian, because you can never see across it. It can also be quite tempestuous on a stormy day. I love this place. Thanks.

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