13 Michigan Instagrammers You Need to Check Out

It never ceases to amaze us the photographs our Pure Michigan Instagram fans share with us each and every day! Here are just a few of the Instagrammers we find photos from frequently. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing way to spend your mid-afternoon brain break or searching for some inspiration for your next summertime getaway, these 13 Michigan Instagrammers are worth checking out.

 Instagram user @shaleewanders. [Photo captured at Turnip Rock near Port Austin]

Turnip Rock near Port Austin - @shaleewanders

Instagram user @danfreiphoto. [Photo captured at Harbor Beach]

Habor Beach - @dandreiphoto

Instagram user @tony.bennett. [Photo captured at South Beach Pier in South Haven]

South Beach Pier in South Haven - @tony.bennett

Instagram user @hayden__scott. [Photo captured in the city of Detroit]

Detroit - @hayden__scott

Instagram user @jasonmciver. [Photo captured on Lake Michigan at St. Joseph]

St. Joseph, Mich. along Lake Michigan - @jasonmciver

Instagram user @wanderingz. [Photo captured in Oscoda]

Oscoda - @wanderingz

Instagram user @picturedthisbymarilyn. [Photo captured in Holland]

Holland - @picturethisbymarilyn

Instagram user @northernwayoflife. [Photo Captured on Lake Michigan beach in Glen Arbor]

Glen Arbor - Lake Michigan - @northernwayoflife

Instagram user @outdoorimaging_by_brad_terry. [Photo captured at Grand Haven Pier]

Grand Haven Pier - @outdoorimagin_by_brad_terry

Instagram user @neilweaverphoto. [Photo captured in Grand Marais]

Rock collecting Grand Marais - U.P. - @neilweaverphoto

Instagram user @Chickinthemitt. [Photo captured at Grand Island East Channel on Lake Superior]

Grand Island East Channel Light on the coast of Lake Superior - @Chickinthemitt

Instagram user @johnhillphotos. [Photo captured in Manistee National Forest]

Manistee National Forest - @johnhillphotos

Instagram user @9milecurve. [Photo captured on Mackinac Island]

Mackinac Island - @9milecurve

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Eight Extraordinary Photos to Inspire Your Summer Vacation in Pure Michigan

There is nothing like a Pure Michigan summer.  The warm weather, abundance of outdoor activities and refreshing waters make Michigan the perfect warm-weather escape.  Here are eight photos that will inspire you to begin planning a summer getaway in the Great Lakes State!

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore offers multicolored sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, inland lakes, streams, forests and wildlife among this scenic area on Lake Superior. Plan a family trip to go sightseeing, camping, kayaking, backpacking, hiking, fishing…the list is endless.

Pictured Rocks - Erika Atherton

Credit: Facebook Fan Erika Atherton

With more than 3,200 miles of shoreline, from Keweenaw Peninsula to Beachtowns to the Sunrise Coast, you’ll find the perfect stretch of beach. Dig your toes into the warm sand. Relax to the sound of the soft lapping of the waves. Watch your children build sandcastles. Float in the lake. Get ready to refresh and reconnect where the water meet the sand.

Lake Superior - Kelly Illikainen

Credit: Facebook Fan Kelly Illikainen

Au Train is in the heart of the Hiawatha National Forest and within a mile of Lake Superior. Explore everything it has to offer and find your own picture perfect moment.

Au Train - William Rogers

The 40-mile stretch of the Menominee River provides a beautiful setting for wildlife watching. Numerous campgrounds and boat access points along the river cater to wildlife watchers with canoes – you may even see a bald eagle!  The scenic Piers Gorge area of the river contains some of the fastest-moving water in Michigan and is a great place to go white water rafting.

Menominee River - JennyLyn Carley Popelka

Credit: Facebook Fan JennyLyn Carley Popelka

Take me out to the ballgame! Grab a hot dog and your favorite cold drink and enjoy America’s favorite pastime by catching a Detroit Tigers game at Comerica Park.

Comerica Park - Michelle Forte

Credit: Facebook Fan Michelle Forte

Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world, with its surface covering 31,700 square miles! Venture over to Isle Royal National Park for an experience and views you won’t forget.

Lake Superior - Neil Weaver Photography

Credit: Facebook Fan Neil Weaver Photography

The Eben Ice Caves are a popular sight to see in the winter, but the scenery in the summer can’t be beat!

Lake Superior Cave - Michigan Nut Photography

Credit: Facebook Fan Michigan Nut Photography

Michigan’s Great Lakes are a boater’s delight. Lift the sails or start the motor. Let the deep waters of the Great Lakes be a backdrop of alluring scenery, mesmerizing sounds and amazing adventure.

Lake St. Clair - Jesse Barcega

Credit: Facebook Fan Jesse Barcega

Where is your favorite Pure Michigan destination in the summer?

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

DSC_6671 Karol Garrison SUP photo by Joshua Nowicki

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

IMG_9048 frozen sand photo by Joshua Nowicki

The ice covered lighthouse in Saint Joseph at night

DSC_1835 St Joseph Lighthouse photo by Joshua Nowicki

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

South Haven photo by Joshua Nowicki

An icy crashing wave along the lake shore in Whitehall.

DSC_2219 Crashing Waves and ice Whitehall photo by Joshua Nowicki

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

DSC_4244 Pigeon River Country State Forest photo by Joshua Nowicki

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

IMG_8345 Tannery Falls photo by Joshua Nowicki

Seth Haley ice climbing at Grand Island National Recreation Area

IMG_9312 Seth Haley ice climbing photo by Joshua Nowicki

Snowflake on my stocking cap


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

IMG_0192 David Dagenais 2015 photo by Joshua Nowicki

Snowmobiling on Lake Superior in Munising

IMG_0458 Grand Island 2015 photo by Joshua Nowicki

Collin Wheeler backcountry skiing in Marquette

IMG_8829 Collin Wheeler photo 2015 photo by Joshua Nowicki

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


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


A view through the melting lake ice at Tiscornia Park


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