Five Outstanding Instagram Photos from Our Fans in March 2014

March in Pure Michigan is a time of transition from snowy scenery to blooming buds and new beginnings. Our Pure Michigan Instagram community embraced the changing seasons with some wonderful photos! From glowing auroras to melting winter ice, here are just a few of our favorites from March.

For more fan photos, check out our DecemberJanuary and February roundups and follow us on Instagram.

Northern Lights glow in the nighttime sky in the Upper Peninsula. Photo by Instagram user @michellelazur.


Taking in the view at Turnip Rock. Photo by Instagram user @rockitharder.


Impressive Grand Island ice caves. Photo by Instagram user @shaleewanders.


A pastel sunset over Oval Beach along Lake Michigan. Photo by Instagram user @jzitaphotos.


A serene Detroit skyline in the afterglow of a sunset. Photo by Instagram user @egvoproductions.


Have you captured a fantastic Pure Michigan photo recently?

If you’re on Instagram, follow us @puremichigan! If you’d like us to share your photos from across the state, please tag them with #PureMichigan to give us permission to “re-gram.”

Seven Scenic Aerial Photos Captured Above Pure Michigan

Do you ever wonder what a beautiful Pure Michigan landscape looks like from above? Just ask aerial photographer Marge Beaver!  Marge is based in Muskegon, MI. She has more than 30 years experience flying and shooting custom aerial photography jobs all over the country – many of them in Michigan! Her plane is equipped with camera ports for both vertical (map-like) and oblique (scenic, angled) photography. She has logged more than 7,000 hours in the air flying and photographing all kinds of subjects from sandy shores to frozen lakes.

Here are seven spectacular aerial photos captured high above Pure Michigan:

Lake Michigan harbor at Manistique in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Photo courtesy of Marge Beaver - Photography Plus

 Big Bay Harbor in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan along the shores of Lake Superior

Photo courtesy of Marge Beaver - Photography Plus

 Mackinac Bridge in the winter showing the track made by an icebreaker to open a shipping path

Photo courtesy of Marge Beaver - Photography Plus

Downtown Detroit with Ford Field & Comerica Park in the foreground looking toward the Detroit River and the Renaissance Center

Photo courtesy of Marge Beaver - Photography Plus

 Ice formations along the eastern shoreline of Lake Michigan

Photo courtesy of Marge Beaver - Photography Plus

 Fishing boats heading out of the Muskegon channel into Lake Michigan at sunrise

Photo courtesy of Marge Beaver - Photography Plus

High above Muskegon during the winter months.

Photo courtesy of Marge Beaver - Photography Plus

For more aerial photos, visit Marge has authored 3 coffee table style aerial photo books - Above the North, Above West Michigan, and the most recent titled Above the Lighthouses: Lake Michigan illustrating her love affair with how our beautiful area looks from on high.  Personalized copies can be obtained through her website or toll free at 866-300-9691.  Digital images can also be purchased for use on brochures, websites, etc.

Marge is a great-grandmother with 4 living children (raised 5), 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.  She didn’t start her flying career until after her major family obligations were behind her.  Once she took an introductory ride in a small plane, though, she was immediately addicted, and the rest, as they say, is history. 

From Our Community: Winter Sunrises and Sunsets 2014

We are fortunate to witness breathtaking sunrises and sunsets all year round in Pure Michigan. Last winter, we asked our Facebook fans to submit photos of winter sunrises and sunsets they had captured around the state. We were so blown away by their stunning submissions, that we asked to see the unique and captivating photos they’ve captured this season. Check out the gallery below from our Pure Michigan Flickr page.

Where in Pure Michigan do you go to see a colorful winter sunrise or sunset? If you have a photo to share, post it on our Pure Michigan Facebook page.