Five Spectacular Summertime Instagram Photos from Our Fans in July 2014

With warm temperatures and sunny skies across the state, July was a beautiful month to get out and explore Pure Michigan – and our Instagram fans’ spectacular summertime captures did not disappoint! From long days at the beach to an evening in the city, here are just a few of our favorite Instagram fan photos from July.

For more fan photos, check out our AprilMay and June roundups and follow us on Instagram

A peaceful evening in Ottawa County courtesy of Instagram user @rkramer62.Ottawa County Sunset @rkramer62

The 313 celebrated its 313th birthday this month! Did you celebrate Detroit‘s birthday this year? Photo courtesy of Instagram user @joshtallyphotos.joshtallyphotos

Beautiful blue waters surround the ore dock in Marquette‘s Lower Harbor. Photo courtesy of Instagram user @detroittinydancer.detroittinydancer marquette

Lovely Mackinac Island lilacs add a splash of color to this summer scene. Photo courtesy of Instagram user @rwalli02.rwalli02 mac island

Smooth stones washed ashore along Lake Huron courtesy of Instagram user @mjo524.928298_1509596179272235_1316778010_n

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Fifteen Photos That Will Get You Dreaming of a Perfect Pure Michigan Beach Day

Our 10-Day Pure Michigan Instagram #BeachChallenge has come to a close. We had a blast admiring all of your wonderful submissions  - nearly 2,000 of them! Since there were so many photos that truly captured the beauty and unique character of Michigan’s beaches, we put together this roundup of our daily challenge winners and a few other honorable mentions.

See the full gallery of submissions at michigan.org/beachchallenge. 

Congratulations to our grand prize winner, Gina Ferwerda! We love this spectacular shot captured at Silver Lake Sand Dunes. Read about Gina’s winning entry here.ginaferwerda Silver Lake Sand Dunes

A crowd gathers on the pier at Grand Haven State Park Beach to enjoy a colorful sunset in Pure Michigan. Photo by Day 1 challenge winner Bob Peskorse Jr.Bob Peskorse Jr Grand Haven

This pup is all tired out after a long day of playing on Empire Beach! Photo by Day 2 Beach Challenge winner Sarah Hunt.oni_one_ empire beach

A picture perfect day at Orchard Beach State Park near Manistee, MI. Photo by Day 3 challenge winner Deb Nerkeen.tototoophoto Orchard Beach State Park

Clear skies and sandy shores near Manistique make for some great kite-flying conditions. Photo by Day 4 challenge winner Carrie Shea.Carrie Shea Thompson MI west of Manistique

What a cool view captured during a paddle trip at Stoney Creek Metropark! Photo by Day 5 challenge winner Rainie Mills.RainieMills Stoney Creek Metropark

A blazing sunrise and some early morning fishing start the day in Copper Harbor. Photo by Day 6 challenge winner Matthew Winn.splashofsunset Copper Harbor

Pristine sparkling waters roll into shore along Lake Huron in Rogers City, MI. Photo by Day 7 challenge winner Rachel Welch.rachel_welch93 Rogers City

Sand and surf as far as the eye can see at Sleeping Bear Dunes. Phot by Day 8 challenge winner Steve Keighly.Steve Keighley Sleeping Bear Dunes

There’s nothing quite like enjoying a perfect Pure Michigan sunset after a day at the beach with family and friends! Photo by Day 9 challenge winner Jason McIver at Tiscornia Beach in St. Joseph.Jason McIver Photography Tiscornia Beach St. Joseph

Colorful, crackling fireworks explode over the glowing Mighty Mac near St. Ignace. Photo by Day 10 challenge winner Shawn Kellogg.Shawnkkellogg St.Ignace

Smooth aquamarine waters are wonderful for watersports at Weko Beach near Bridgman. Photo by Melissa Cieniuch (Honorable Mention).misscieniuchscience Weko Beach Bridgman, MI

A tranquil scene along 5th Street Beach in Manistee. Photo by Instagram user @michigram55 (Honorable Mention).michigram55 5th Street Beach Manistee

The sandy shores of Lake Michigan are just right for building a sand castle. Photo by Robert Jacobs (Honorable Mention).Sunset on Grand Traverse Bay - Grand Haven

A picture perfect day at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Photo by  Kaci Babineau (Honorable Mention).kacibabs pictured rocks

How do you like to spend a day at the beach in Pure Michigan? 

From Our Community: 10 Outstanding Photos of Our Beautiful Michigan Earth

In honor of Earth Day earlier this week, we asked our fans on Facebook and Twitter to share their photos of our beautiful Michigan earth. From flowering fields to singing streams and sandy shores, we were in awe of all the wonderful submissions!

What better way to showcase Michigan’s natural beauty than create a roundup of a few of our favorites. Here are ten outstanding photos from our fans to commemorate Earth Day 2014 and our beautiful Michigan earth. 

For more fan photos, visit our Flickr page or follow us on Instagram @PureMichigan

A crystal clear day at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Photo by Facebook Fan Marilyn Ang Cassell.

Pcitred Rocks National Lakeshore Marilyn Ang Cassell

Sugarloaf Lake near Schoolcraft. Photo by Facebook Fan MichiganPhyl Campbell Matteson.

MichiganPhyl Campbell Matteson Sugarloaf Lake Schoolcraft

Great view of the Mackinac Bridge. Photo by Facebook Fan Mandy Huff.

Mandy Huff Mackinac Bridge

Morning Hike on Isle Royale. Photo by Facebook Fan Lorentyna Baldus Harkness.

Lorentyna Baldus Harkness Isle Royale

Green trees and flowing falls in Munising, MI. Photo by Facebook Fan Kathryn Lund Johnson Nature Photography.

Kathryn Lund Johnson Nature photography Munising falls

Aquamarine waters at Arcadia Beach. Photo by Facebook Fan Karen Sue Packer.

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Sandy Sleeping Bear Dunes. Photo by Facebook Fan Jill Schultz.

Jill schultz sleeping bear dunesColorful Tulips in Holland, MI. Photo by Facebook Fan Gayle Unger Cooper.

Gayle Unger Cooper Tulip Time 2013

Rainbow along the Black River near Ironwood, MI. Photo by Facebook Fan Gary Jackson.

Gary Jackson Black River near Ironwood MI

Sunset over Ludington Beach. Photo by Facebook Fan Gabe Newkirk-Burkholder.

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Did you celebrate Earth Day this week? Let us know what you did!