Fifteen Times Winter 2015 Took Our Breath Away

As we look forward to the warmer days ahead, guest blogger and photographer Joshua Nowicki shares fifteen moments from Winter 2015 that took our breath away! 

More than any other year, it was my goal to get out to enjoy and photograph the beauty of winter in Michigan.  I enjoyed camping, hiking, stand up paddle boarding, ice climbing, and snowshoeing, and I visited ice covered lighthouses, forests blanketed in snow, ice caves, and frozen waterfalls.  From the intricacy of a single snowflake to the grandeur of Lake Superior and the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan is simply amazing.  These are just a few of the photos I have taken during my adventures.

Karol Garrison stand up paddle boarding next to the ice covered lighthouse in Saint Joseph

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Frozen sand “hoodoos” sculpted by high winds at Silver Beach County Park along Lake Michigan

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The ice covered lighthouse in Saint Joseph at night

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The refection of the ice covered lighthouse in South Haven reflected in a puddle on the pier

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An icy crashing wave along the lake shore in Whitehall.

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The view from the bridge in the Pigeon River State Forest Campground

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Of all of the frozen waterfalls that I visited this winter, Tannery Falls in Munising was my favorite

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Seth Haley ice climbing at Grand Island National Recreation Area

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David Dagenais riding his fat tire bike past an icy cave at Grand Island National Recreation Area

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Snowmobiling on Lake Superior in Munising

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Collin Wheeler backcountry skiing in Marquette

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A piece of ice kicked up next to a footprint in the snow at Lake Bluff Park.

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Relaxing on the ice while stand up paddle boarding taken by drone by Seth Haley Filmmaker & Photographer.

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A view through the melting lake ice at Tiscornia Park

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What was your most memorable experience this winter? Share your photo with us on Facebook or tag them with #PureMichigan on Twitter and Instagram. 

Joshua_Nowicki5-192x250Joshua Nowicki is a St. Joseph, Michigan based photographer specializing in landscape, nature, architecture, and food photography.  His photos can be viewed online on Facebook or his website

Five Frame-Worthy Instagram Photos From Our Fans in February 2015

February in Pure Michigan brought snow-capped trees, sweet celebrations and striking scenery. Set against a backdrop of shimmering snow and ice, the winter photos we receive from our Pure Michigan Instagram community never cease to amaze us! Here are just a few of our favorites from February. 

 Turnip Rock in Port Austin. This unique view comes from @kbernock.

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Snowmobiling on the tree-lined trails in Boon, MI near Cadillac. Photo by @andypeninger.

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Simple winter splendor. Great shot of the majestic Mackinac Bridge from @tbulman01.

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A front row seat to a fiery winter sunset near Saugatuck courtesy of @papafinny.

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Credit goes to @pottspics71 for snapping this incredible shot of frozen Munising Falls while exploring the Upper Peninsula.

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For more fan photography, follow us on Instagram. Be sure to tag your photos with #PureMichigan to give us permission to re-gram! 

Fifteen Pure Michigan Moments To Inspire Your Next Getaway

Another successful Pure Michigan Moments photo contest is in the books. This year, a record 4,000 photos were submitted! We were absolutely blown away by the number of images that truly captured the beauty and character of Pure Michigan. These 15 awe-inspiring Pure Michigan moments are reason enough to pack your bags and make a trip to the Mitten State. 

To view all of the submissions from this year’s contest, visit michigan.org/photocontest.

Congratulations to our winning photographer, Ryan Zeller! We love this wintry sunrise taken in Lexington, MI. Read about Ryan’s winning entry here.

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Amazing sunset at Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon, MI. Photo by Joe Gee

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Turnip Rock in Port Austin. Photo by Shalee Blackmer.

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AuSable River near Oscoda. Photo by Steve Femminineo.

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South Haven, MI. Photo by Pete Shannon.

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Rise and shine on Douglas Lake. Photo by Michael Tokarz.

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Lake Michigan wave action at McGulpin Point. Photo by Linda Sorensen.

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Michigan love at Rosy Mound Natural Area. Photo by Dane Vermeulen.

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Manistique, MI. Photo by Carly Maas.

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Grand Rapids, MI. Photo by Amy Kopec.

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Backpacking in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Photo by Gary McCormick.

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The Presque Isle River on a fall morning. Porcupine Mountains State Park, Ontonagon, MI. Photo by Brad Terry.

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Hickory Corners, MI. Photo by Joey Stap.

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Loving the sand at Sleeping Bear Dunes. Photo by Deb Oung.

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Wagner Falls near Munising. Photo by Paul Schrader.

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Do you have a Pure Michigan moment to share? Tag it with #PureMichigan on Instagram or Twitter or post it to our Pure Michigan Facebook page!