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Heather Higham  Landscape photographer based in northern Michigan. Available for commercial assignments. Prints and image licensing:

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Sometimes it's not obvious that this is the Midwest. The sand, grass, and all that crystal clear blue water is astonishing. Every. Single. Time. πŸ’™
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Just a few trees on the Old Mission Peninsula are breaking into blooms. Lots of microclimates, but orchards full of flowers are coming our way! 🌸
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Another sunset stunner in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore πŸ’–πŸŒ…
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Spring is really getting underway Up North! The grass is ridiculously green, the forsythia are on fire, and today I found 10 morels in my front yard right in Traverse City. βœ¨πŸ’š
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The east side of Torch Lake is such a good place to catch a sunset. There are so many public access spots, including this one just north of Alden πŸŒ…βœ¨ β€’
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A little predawn magic on Cedar Lake βœ¨πŸŒ… β€’
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For a short time very early Saturday morning (around 1:45), the Northern Lights put on quite a show. They were easy to see with the naked eye even with the lights of Traverse City blazing brightly.

Even through slumber-bleary eyes the aurora looked pretty incredible last night. I saw a couple of meteors streak across the sky, too.
Tonight's forecast calls for clear skies, more meteors, and a chance for northern lights. @sleepingbearnps is hosting a star party, AND it's a fee-free weekend. Sounds like a good time to me!

The heavy clouds of the past couple days completely cleared off this evening. I can almost feel the warm breezes rippling the dune grass under a waxing moon πŸŒ”

It's National Park Week (April 15 - 23), so I thought I'd extend a little gratitude for the one that is closest to me. This treasure of a place is only about half an hour from home, and I spend countless hours exploring it. From sweeping Lake Michigan views, to dune vistas, to wetlands, to forests and more, this park offers so many opportunities for respite and recreation. Northern Michigan wouldn't feel the same without it. We purchase a park pass annually, but if you don't have one, you can still check it out for free this weekend.

I tried to capture the fog, but I mist 🀣
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If you look closely, you can see a person walking toward me on the edge of th lake. The fog blowing in off the water was so thick that you couldn't begin to see the little lighthouse at the end of the park. Everything disappeared into the impenetrable wall of fog. My brain couldn't believe that the air felt so good to breathe. It really felt like we were walking in very thick smoke.

A still moment on the crystal clear waters of Torch Lake.
Photo from April 2015. Today was lovely, but our skies have clouded, so I looked to the past for some color πŸŒ…

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