Инстаграм @irwin.nick Nick Irwin
After walking up to the pier my lungs burned from the 19° air, and as I stood in the cold and took a few shots I looked behind myself a few times because I kept hearing strange sounds. I was alone, but the ice moving and forming on the channel was talking to me in a very eerie voice. It said, "Mooove to the left behind the chains." So, despite my borderline numb, tingling fingers I did... and this is the result.
The is a shot of Vik, Iceland... the largest city on the southern part of the country which has about 300 inhabitants. The beach below is the famous Black Sand Beach and looks a lot smaller in this pic than it is, probably due to the large mountain. Those volcanic pillars below are about 220 feet tall to put it on perspective.
What is a Michigander? □ Sunday evening when I was racing time to catch the sunset, this collection of chrome hub caps reflecting the golden glow of the waning sun caught the corner of my eye. Hastily I turned around to grab a few pics of Americana. As I went to knock on the door to ask permission it was already opening, and I asked the grey haired smiling man if I could snap a few photos of his collection tacked on the side of his barn. The man enthusiastically exclaimed, "You betcha!" Then I noticed he proudly displayed the Shelby Rd sign and Michigan plate, and when combined with his kind demeanor, I knew he was a true Michigander. □ How do you define a Michigander? If you don't know how to define one, tag someone who is one ✋
Night shooting during winter definitely produces clean shots with such clear skies, but it comes with a price. The cold air wraps around your face and slowly seeps through your jeans. The sand is hard and the air smells like January, and it sometimes freezes your nose hairs until they whistle; however, watching the satellites cruise by in the star filled sky while waiting for a 30 minute exposure can be peaceful. Last night no one was there and any animals in the area were quiet. It was just me, the waves of Lake Michigan, the blinking light and 17° of coldness... and it was totally worth it.
The long exposure I posted last week didn't show how rough the waves were. Thankfully the temps remained above freezing before leaving, or it would have been a long butt-scoot back.
Finally a shot that looks a little bit more like January in Michigan. Have a great weekend 🙂
There's a lot that can be said about seeing these beautiful owls in the wild... but those piercing eyes are what I appreciate most. About the time when the smell of fall leaves transitions in that of the winter cold, some of these majestic beauties migrate into Michigan for the winter, and it's a sight to see.
Lake Michigan is always beautiful in this particular area, but the bonus was that I had no idea that this structure existed. Up and down the shores of the Great Lakes in public parks there are countless photo ops. This long exposure flattened the waves, showing off the emerald green water, which was backed by the moody blue clouds that were seemingly gulping up whatever light they could from the sun nestled in southern sky. I'm not sure which was colder, my bare hands in the relentless wind, or the weathered dock posts covered in ice. On a brighter note, I did find out my boots are indeed waterproof (@maddyirwin_ 😂). If you can, do-- explore more... you won't regret it.
This is one of those cold fronts that came in with a vengeance! The frigid air was relentlessly blowing in a steady flow under the blanket of snow clouds that Old Man Winter finally decided to drape over West Michigan.
This was taken in the rolling hills of the Leelenau Peninsula... somewhere between here and there this past December, just after the worst snow event of the season 🤣. It was an overcast day; but, as the afternoon progressed the sun started to bully it's way through the stubborn clouds creating some interesting shadows.
Yesterday's sunset in Manistee, MI 🇺🇸 // it sure doesn't look like typical lighthouse shot you would see in January on Lake Michigan; nevertheless, I like how it turned out and hope to return soon... with someone... and with snow. (tonight was Ludington) . . . . . @fiftyshades_of_nature_ @gottalove_a_ @earthfocus @gramslayersii @m22life @lighthouse_world @sunset_vision @shotzdelight @createcommune @reflectiongram @manisteepuremichigan
Do you have a go to spot nearby that you can be at in a jiffy when you can tell that unexpectedly there will be a killer sunset? Or better yet, a place you can always manage to get a few good pics at no matter what the weather is? For me the historic Sixth Street Bridge is one of them... and it's only 12 minutes away.