Emmet County, Michigan

Emmet County, Michigan is located at the top of the mitten-shaped Lower Peninsula of Michigan—Lake Michigan to the west, the Straits of Mackinac to the north.   Within Emmet County is Wilderness State Park—miles and miles of shoreline sandy beaches and featuring a diverse forested dune and swale complexes.   Sturgeon Bay is on its southern border.

“The Headlands, an Emmet County Park on the Straits of Mackinac, contains approximately 550 acres of pristine woodlands, more than two miles of undeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline and many species of rare and endangered plant life. Visitors to the Headlands may experience sightings of the many wild animals native to the area including: bald eagles, osprey, white tail deer, wild turkeys, coyotes and occasionally a black bear.  Marked nature trails guide hikers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers, and nature photographers to experience the park throughout the changing seasons.”*

Over the years I have visited Emmet County in the spring, summer, and fall in varied weather conditions.   Photographing Emmet County with its trillium carpet on the forest floors in early spring, deserted beaches, and Sturgeon Bay at sunset, are just a few images that I have enjoyed taking and returning to over the years.  I have been watching nature reclaim an old farmhouse for the past 15 years.  In one photo I have photographed the subject many times over the years but the year that there was an abundance of Queen Anne’s Lace with the added touch of morning mist was a delight.

*Source url: http://www.emmetcounty.org/headlands/

The photographer Bill Dixon provided the details and images for the Emmet County destination.

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