Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Monday Beach Shots

Last summer I made weekly trips to the beach with my camera. It was delightful walking along the shore of Lake Michigan in June, July and August.

But what about in the barrenness of winter? Not quite as delightful. But still the beach, the water/ice and the shore were calling me. Thankfully this winter has had much less snow than in recent years, so  getting there hasn't been as problematic as it normally would be.

December 14, 2015
On Monday, December 14 I made the first of my weekly Monday trips to the beach. I decided I wanted to document the changing landscape of the beach over the winter months, plus it was a good excuse for me to get out photographing at least once a week.

December 21, 2015
I don't plan on taking the same shot every week. I want to be open to whatever moves me each week. By the second week I thought it would be fun to document the weather conditions, and temperatures.  Even though the weather looks ominous in this shot, it was 46 degrees.

December 28, 2015
December weather was good to us. I did forget to record the temperature this day, but my note says there was a howling wind.

January 4, 2016
All good things must come to an end...the snow came. We had gotten a couple of inches over night and the temperature was 25 degrees, but the sun was shining brightly, giving me a nice long shadow.

January 11, 2016

Intersting changes from one week to the next. Much colder at 18 degrees and windy, and the nasty ice.

January 18, 2016. I decided to mix things up a bit and take a video. A chilly 14 degrees with a wind chill of -4. I was the only crazy person out there that day. 

January 25, 2016

A beautiful winter day, 36 degrees and sunny. Those are ice chunks and ice rings floating in the channel.

February 1, 2016
February arrived and it was time to take my first of the month self-portrait. Totally unprepared but yet determined, I propped my iPhone up in the crevice in this log and set the timer. I think it only took 10 tries or so. A beautiful 34 degree day, I got lost for an hour out there. 

February 1, 2016
Some weeks offer a bonus shot. I knew as soon as I saw this shot that it was the shot of the day. Edited in Stackables and iColorama, two of my favorite editing apps.

February 8, 2016
That brings us to this week's shots. While cloudy with some threatening winter clouds, it wasn't snowing and the temp was a warm 34 degrees. I decided to climb to the top of Mt. Pisgah for a shot down the dune to the beach.

February 8, 2016
My favorite shot thus far, and an example of the stairs on the dune. Edited in Stackables.

Once a week seems a very manageable project for me. I will miss a Monday here or there due to travel, but for the most part I am always getting groceries and going to the gym on Mondays. The beach is my reward.


rebecca haegele said...

There are wonderful images. I like seeing the ice chunks in the channel. It makes a neat texture.

Viv Halliwell said...

Some great memory images there Sarah it looks so cold.

Helen said...

I love being by water like this in the winter - I especially like to be beside the sea all wrapped up warm. Lovely set of photos - it's intetesting to see the changes. I'd noticed recentoy that you don't seem to have had as much snow as in recent years.

Lisa Comperry said...

Beautiful beach photos! I love to hang out and walk the beach close to my house! I hadn't thought of going to my beach to take a series of photos that document the changes of scenery with the weather and seasons..Thank you for the inspiration :-)

Catherine Hubmann said...

Love this series! It's amazing the differences in just a few weeks. The first one being so sunny and warm looking and then a few days later - the ice!

Caz Sultz said...

Love your photos, I must get over there to experience it ! :)

Lynne said...

Love your photos . . . and seeing the Big Lake through your eyes . . .

Ahayes1225 said...

Sure is windy and cold by the beach. Pretty normal I guess. Nice progression, thanks!

Barb said...

I love this winter beach series. My favorites are Jan 4 and 11. Thanks for telling what you used to edit - I'm always interested in how others get certain effects.

Lisa Gordon said...

Sarah, these are really beautiful.
This sounds like a wonderful project, and probably pretty easy to keep up with.

Kelly Kardos said...

These are awesome Sarah. I love seeing the various days of a certain beach spot. That first photo is so vibrant.

Michelle B said...

It looks cold...but beautiful! I enjoy seeing how the weather changes the lake. Thank you for sharing the apps you like. Those are two apps I don't have, I will have to check them out. :)

Roxi Hardegree said...

I love the dunes shot but that last one is just fab. Great edit.

Anonymous said...

I love the first one, with the beautiful contrast of red lighthouse and blue-green water. And Feb. 8, with the light and shadow. When I see your beach photos, I always forget that I'm not looking at the ocean! Such a vast lake, and so beautiful...I'm glad you've returned to document it over the winter.

Nicki said...

Very frigid in several of those shots, but what a privilege to have that scenery so accessible.

Electric | Journal said...

Such a nice series, Sarah... lovely images. I love the red lighthouse!

Electric | Journal said...

Such a nice series, Sarah... lovely images. I love the red lighthouse!

Jeanne said...

This lighthouse looks so much like a lighthouse on Door county! Must have had the same designer