Chronicling Lake Michigan Shoreline Erosion

By on May 5, 2020 in Lake Michigan |

With 22,300 square miles of water Lake Michigan is a natural fresh water wonder. The water levels have been rising over the past few years with May 2020 levels at record heights. Water levels have reached 51 inches above chart datum (average set point) of 577.50 above sea level. As of May 1st water level is 581.79 which is above May 2019, above average lake levels and 2 inches above the record May level set in 1986. That’s significant when you consider each inch of water on Lake Michigan is estimated to be 400 billion gallons of water! With record water levels comes erosion along the lake shore. Each erosion episode leaves intricate patterns in the sand as walls of sand erode and cave in. I have been chronicling the episodes with the following pictures the latest of what I see through the lens of my camera. Each area feels in my imagination like an ancient archaeological find...

Patterns

By on Apr 24, 2020 in Lake Michigan |

I was thinking of this quote by photographer Jay Maisel while walking the Lake Michigan shoreline and observing the intricate detail of the erosion along the edge of the water. “As people, we love pattern. But interrupted pattern is more interesting.”┬áIn life things can be rolling along and we can become complacent and less understanding of the detail, the wonder, the beauty we have been gifted. When the pattern is interrupted we pay attention. We can use it as an opportunity to bring things into a better focus. While dealing with erosion and change looking through the lens of the camera we can renew our wonder with something as simple as a grain of sand. (Click on Images to enlarge) Patterns. Rick Vuyst photography Patterns. Rick Vuyst photography Patterns. Rick Vuyst photography Patterns. Rick Vuyst photography Patterns. Rick Vuyst photography Patterns. Rick Vuyst...

My Personal Musical Fountain

By on Sep 15, 2019 in Lake Michigan, Nature |

I could sit on the dune and watch this all day. It’s one of my favorite spots to sit and watch Lake Michigan. Listen to the music in my head as you watch the video. Crank it up and enjoy!

Sand Castles

By on Jul 12, 2019 in Lake Michigan |

Great Lakes water levels have hit record highs this June. The erosion on the beaches is evident here along the shores of West Michigan. Water levels in June have reached some of the highest levels in recorded history dating back to 1918. In the process of beach erosion, nature has sculpted some impressive “sand sculptures” that I captured through the lens of my camera. Nature’s Sand Castles Nature’s Sand Castles Nature’s Sand Castles...

Heaven let your light shine down

By on Dec 26, 2017 in Lake Michigan |

Had a friend compliment me as a modern day “Ansel Adams.” I don’t deserve that high praise however if it means my love for nature, writing and photography is appreciated I’ll accept that. Here are some Pere Marquette Lake Michigan shoreline photographs I took on Christmas morning 2017.                  

Unusually warm February weekend

By on Feb 20, 2017 in Lake Michigan |

February 18 and 19, 2017 proved to be an unusually warm weekend on the lake shore with temperatures flirting with the 60 degree mark. I shot these pictures of the lighthouse at Pere Marquette beach Muskegon Michigan to celebrate the early arrival of “Spring” one month removed of the “scheduled” calendar date! Sunset on the channel Pere Marquette Beach Muskegon Michigan February 19, 2017