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

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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

South Haven photo by Joshua Nowicki

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

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

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Snowflake on my stocking cap

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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.

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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

Pure Michigan February 2014 Fan Photos

Lingering snow and ice led to stunning scenery in Pure Michigan this February. Our fans had a busy month exploring ice caves, frozen falls, snow-covered trails and more! We received some fantastic photos from our Pure Michigan Facebook community this February. Here’s a gallery of just a few of our favorites from the month. For more fan photos, be sure to visit our Pure Michigan Flickr page.

Which photo from February is your favorite?

Five Fantastic Winter Instagram Photos From Our Fans in February 2014

In a month of snow-capped trees and sweet celebrations, our Pure Michigan Instagram community captured colorful shots to brighten up the season. Set against a backdrop of shimmering winter snow, these photos never cease to amaze us! Here are just a few of our favorites from February. For more fan photos, check out our NovemberDecember and January roundups and follow us on Instagram.

A beautiful blazing sunrise over the Detroit river captured by Instagram user @sunlover88.

Turnip Rock near Port Austin is a spectacular sight to behold in any season! Photo by Instagram user @mikeconnick.

Sundown at the  Frankfort lighthouse. Photo by Instagram user @neilweaverphoto.

The faint glow of the Northern Lights captured in Marquette, MI. Photo by Instagram user @ztwede.

The colorful winter sun dips below the horizon in Manistee, MI. Photo by Instagram user @kayliemtoelle.

Have you captured a stunning shot in Pure Michigan recently?

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