I strayed from my photos of our New York & back trip last month.
Summer is booming, life has been busy, and I completely left off during our day of NY State Parks..
We hit three of them: Buttermilk Falls (wonderful cascades, seen here), Taughanock Falls (tallest single-drop waterfall east of the Rockies, seen here), and finally, Watkins Glen.
Sometimes I have so many photos of a single place, posting them can become overwhelming. Watkins Glen was one of those times. It was outstanding and I'll definitely get to it.
For now though, a shorter, easier stop to share was in Mackinaw City, MI.
We had started our day at Niagara Falls, NY, driven until dark, and decided this would be a good place to stay for the night.
This area has landed on the small list of places that I could adjust to calling home.
I definitely hope to go back some day and visit Mackinac Island (there are no cars or motorized vehicles allowed there!)
We made right away for the park with views near the bridge (which ended up being the site of the Old Mackinack Point Lighthouse.)
I had crossed this bridge before when I was 16 with my mom, and remembered that it was special. I was excited to be back all these years later with camera and an opportunity to photograph the bridge while it was lit up at night. (I don't do a lot of night photography - this is a good challenge for me.)
It was chilly, the winds were blowing strong through the Straights of Mackinac. Mitch was a fairly good sport waiting for me as I made several attempts to photograph the bridge, in the wind, in complete darkness, without a tripod, using makeshift props & guesswork with my settings.
The photos, for the most part, all look the same, but it was crispness & star bursts I was aiming for that varied. All things considered (no tripod or remote shutter release especially).. I was happy with my shot in the dark.
The Mackinac Bridge opened in 1957, spanning the Straits of Mackinac (with Lake Huron to the East and Lake Michigan to the West) and connecting lower Michigan to the U.P. It is the world's third-longest in total suspension and the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western hemisphere.
The total length of "Mighty Mac" is five miles.
We had the place to ourselves again in the morning, to admire the Old Mackinac Point Light Station. (It was overcast, chilly, windy, and foggy.)
A beauty, it was in operation from 1890 until 1957, when the completion of the bridge eliminated the need for the light. Since the bridge has lights on it at night, it became a much better aid to navigation than the light.
Since then, GPS has phased out lighthouses in general as navigation aid.
The junction point of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, and the Mackinac Bridge, hidden in morning fog:
On the road again.. crossing the "Mighty Mac" toward the U.P. and, eventually, home.
(sorry for bugs on windshield.)
This trip was one of waterfalls, Great Lakes, and many big bridges - this was the grandest.